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From the beginning, the world 
came to us. From its beginning, 
Brandeis's direction and identity 
were shaped by a faculty that 
mcluded a significant number of 
European intellectuals and master 
teachers. Only 10 years after the 
University's founding, the Wien 
International Scholarship Program 
led the way in attracting 
international students to the 
University from all parts of the 
globe and providing them with a 
first-rate education. It is a model 
program that many other 
universities have emulated. Today, 
we continue to draw 15 percent of 
our student body from abroad. 

The world is still coming to us. 
Yet, as we mature into our second 
half-century, the work done at 
Brandeis University by our 
students, staff, faculty, and 48 
classes of alumni is directed 
outward. Brandeis is now 
impacting the world. We have 
become an institution with a 
global reach. 

This President's Report issue of 
the Brandeis Review is designed to 
provide a sense of the ways in 
which the University affects and 
interacts with realms far beyond 

its campus. Our two graduate 
schools, the Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance (GSIEF) and The Heller 
School, enjoy worldwide renown. 
Not only does GSIEF use the 
global business environment as its 
laboratory, but its graduates also 
go on to play important roles in 
the international business arena. 
Faculty, students, and alumni of 
The Heller School, too, exert 
exceptional influence on national 
policy impacting families, 
children, women, the elderly, and 
healthcare. Such outstanding 
figures as Robert Reich, former 
U.S. secretary of labor, are among 
those contributing to its 

Universal respect for the sciences 
at Brandeis is reflected in the 
numbers of research grants 
awarded to University scientists. 
This past fiscal year, our relatively 
small science faculty received 
more than $22 million in 
sponsored research grants. This 
research includes the work of 
Professors Michael Kahana and 
Robert Sekuler who are exploring 
the secrets of the brain's sense of 
direction and its link to epilepsy. 

The widespread impact Brandeis 
alumni have always had is 
disproportionate to their numbers. 
In the fields of education, 
entertainment, law, health, and 

government, graduates of Brandeis 
are at the apex of their chosen 
careers, while also 
disproportionately in the area of 
social activism. Deborah Rial '87 
is an exemplar of this Brandeis 
tradition, and her impact has been 
so far-reaching that it has 
influenced her own alma mater. 

The arts too have been integral to 
Brandeis from the very beginning. 
Indeed, for some, the reputation of 
the University rests mainly in its 
Departments of Music, Theater 
Arts, and Fine Arts. Poised to 
expand its programming and 
physical size. The Rose Art 
Museum is looking ahead to a 
time when the magnificent 
permanent collection, the 
foremost of its kind in New 
England, will be effectively 
unveiled to patrons of modern and 
contemporary art. 

The reputation and influence of 
Brandeis have never been as far- 
reaching as they are today, as we 
stride into our second half- 
century. I look forward to your 
continued enthusiastic support as 
we continue to excel. 

Jehuda Reinharz 

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1999 President's Report 

Volume 20 

Number 1 

i [1' 

GSIEF: Not Business as Usual 

Brandeis's Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance is a business school apart. 

John McGauley 


Heller at 40 

The Dilemma of Welfare and 

the Working Poor 

The Heller School celebrates 
its 40th year with a focus 
on America's working poor. 

Jack Shonkoff 
Robert B. Reich 


The Collection at the Rose: 
An American Beauty 

The Rose Art Museum owns a 
collection of such importance that 
it will surprise even alumni. 

Cliff Hauptman '69, M.F.A. '73 


Redefining Merit 

An originator of the Posse program, 
this alumna is now creating an 
alternative to the SATs. 

Marjorie Lyon 


Of Memory, Epilepsy, and 
Video Games 

Brandeis researchers use video 
games to plumb the brain's center 
of memory and causes of epilepsy. 

Steve Bradt 



2 Books and Recordings 


4 Development Matters 


Faculty and Staff 

8 Alumni 



15 Financial Statements 



15 Class Notes 




he Academy 

New Slifka-Backed 
Initiative Draws Campus 
Community Togetlier 

The University has 
launched a three-year 
coexistence initiative aimed 
at building more respectful 
relationships across 
differences of religion, 
ethnicity, race, class, and 
political conflict. 

The Brandcis Initiative in 

Coexistence, which was set 
in motion by the 
International Center for 
Ethics, Justice and Public 
Life, seeks to engage 
University students, 
faculty, and staff in 
interdisciplinary and 
creative inquiry, and to 
enhance intercommunal 
relations on campus. 

The initiative's kickoff 
celebration, "Coexistence 
and Community Building at 
Brandeis University and in 
the World," featured a 
series of events, including a 
special address by Alan 
Slifka, who committed 
$750,000 to the effort. In his 
remarks at the Rapaporte 
Treasure Hall on September 
21, Slifka stressed that 
coexistence is a concept 
relevant to us all. Quoting 
the late Senator Hubert 
Humphrey he said, "the 
pursuit of peace resembles 
the building of a great 
temple. In concept it 
requires a master-architect; 
in execution, the labors of 

Slifka said he was thrilled 
to be at Brandeis and 
congratulated everyone who 
celebrated what University 
officials characterized as a 
momentous occasion. Slifka 
appealed to the audience to 
"find, create, and support 
programs that encourage 
tolerance, inclusion, and 
mutual respect; and to 
recognize the responsibility 
of majorities to understand 
and appreciate the 
minorities within their own 

Coexistence program 
Director Cynthia Cohen 
says she hopes the initiative 
will create opportunities for 
the Brandeis community to 
deepen conversations about 
the real diversity in the 
campus community. 

"I am hoping that at the end 
of three years Brandeis will 
be farther along on the path 
toward a community in 
which all voices are sought 
out, validated, and 
celebrated," said Cohen. 

— Terry West 

Alan Slifka 

Research Institute at 
Brandeis University Now 
Bears Hadassah's Name; 
Hadassah Announces 
Major Endowment 

The only academic institute 
in the world to focus on the 
study of Jewish women will 
now bear the name of its 
founder, Hadassah, the 
Women's Zionist 
Organization of America. By 
a unanimous vote of 
Hadassah's National Board 
at the organization's recent 
national convention in 
Washington, D.C., the 
International Research 
Institute on Jewish Women 
will become the Hadassah 
Research Institute on 
Jewish Women (HRIJW). 

"We are extremely proud 
that this pacesetting 
institute bears our name," 
said Bonnie Lipton, 
Hadassah's national 
president. "Moreover, 
Hadassah is leading the way 
in creating the HRIJW and 
endowing it. With this 
landmark event, we are 
showing that women's 
organizations can enhance 
their effectiveness through 
partnerships — in this case 
with an outstanding 

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New Advising Initiatives 
Bolster Academic 
Support at Brandeis 

Hadassah has committed 
S4 million to the institute 
to be used as an endowment 
in addition to operating 
funds. The first payment 
was made this past August, 
the final payment is 
scheduled for June 2001. 

Since its founding in 1997, 
the institute has held 
academic conferences, 
developed publications, 
including Nashim, a journal 
of Jewish women's studies 
and gender issues co- 
published with the 
Schechter Institute of Judaic 
Studies in Jerusalem, a book 
series on international 
Jewish women, and 
conducted varied and wide- 
ranging research projects. 

Barbra Streisand is honorary 
chair of the HRIJW board, 
which comprises 
distinguished male and 
female academics and 
Jewish community leaders 
from around the world. 
Shulamit Reinharz, 
professor of sociology and 
director of the Women's 

Studies Program at Brandeis 
University, is the institute's 
founding director, and 
Sylvia Barack Fishman, is 

Founded in 1912, Hadassah, 
the Women's Zionist 
Organization of America is 
the largest women's and 
largest Jewish membership 
organization in the United 
States. In Israel, it supports 
medical care and research, 
educational and youth 
institutions, and 
reforestation and park 
projects. In the United 
States, Hadassah promotes 
health education, social 
action and advocacy, 
volunteerism, Jewish 
education and research, and 
connections with Israel. 

A redesigned Office of 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs and First Year 
Services at Brandeis opened 
its doors this summer, with 
new programs and services 
to give undergraduates more 
support on campus. 

Associate Dean of 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs and First Year 
Services Michele Rosenthal 
is spearheading this effort. 
Rosenthal, who joined 
Brandeis this summer, 
supervises the Office of 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs, serves as first-year 
student dean for academic 
and other matters related to 
college life, acts as a 
community resource for 
undergraduate issues, and 
supervises class deans and 

Rosenthal explains that the 
Office of Undergraduate 
Academic Affairs and First 
Year Services has adopted a 
new system, in which 
students have one dean to 
follow them throughout 
their college career. 
Rosenthal says that system 
enables academic advising 
to concentrate on the 
particular needs of students, 
according to the stage of 
their academic careers. 

Through the new advising 
system, she explains that 
deans work with students to 
help promote greater class 
identification by 
establishing class-specific 

Also new to the Office of 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs and First Year 
Services is Mimi Arnstein, 
M.A. '99. As coordinator of 
first year academic services, 
Arnstein works with 
Rosenthal to assess the 
needs of first-year students 
and to plan, implement, and 
sponsor programs and 
workshops. Additionally, 
Arnstein supports the first- 
year Orientation program 
and develops effective 

communication methods to 
assist and inform first-year 

The Office of 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs and First Year 
Services works closely with 
faculty and collaborates 
with offices across campus 
to support the 
undergraduate experience. 
The Office of First Year 
Services recently worked 
with the Office of Campus 
Life to create an AIDE 
(advise, integrate, develop, 
and educate) group reunion. 
The event focused on 
follow-up discussions about 
Jonathan Kozol's book. 
Amazing Grace, which first 
year students read prior to 
entering Brandeis. The 
event also encouraged 
students to talk about their 
transition into the Brandeis 

Rosenthal says she would 
like the Office of 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs to be a place where 
students don't just come 
because they have a 
problem. She hopes 
students will come to talk 
about their academic and 
intellectual paths, as well as 
their future aspirations. 

"It's gratifying to help 
students claim their liberal 
arts education at Brandeis. 
Students must take an 
active role to create a 
positive experience. We play 
an integral part in guiding 
them to make choices that 
will continue to shape their 
lives," says Rosenthal, who 
adds, "this year in 
particular we are asking 
hard questions that will 
assist us in shaping our 
advising philosophy to best 
meet students' overall 

— Terry West 

3 1999 President's Report 

Class of 2003 

in the 50th anniversary year 
of the University, we 
enrolled an outstanding 
class selected from the 
largest applicant pool in the 
University's history," says 
Brandeis Director of 
Admissions Michael 
Kalafatas '65. "And this is 
the fifth such record in the 
last six years." Sixty-three 
percent of these first-year 
students are from the top 10 
percent of their high school 
classes. "And for the first 
time," says Kalafatas, "we 
had three applicants who 
were grandchildren of 
Brandeis graduates." 

There has been a 49 percent 
increase of applications to 
Brandeis during the last 
decade. Record numbers of 
Early Decision students are 
enrolling, and the 
geographic diversity of 
classes is growing, with 
members of the Class of 
2003 coming from 37 states 
and territories and 26 
foreign countries. California 
is now among the top four 
states represented on 

'Among other factors, the 
University's continuing 
commitment to need-blind 
admissions and merit-based 
scholarships provides us 
with a significant 
advantage," Kalafatas says. 

'We're pleased with the 
proportion of the class that 
are merit scholarship 
holders. We've been able to 
sustain very strong 
applicant pools while 
enhancing the quality of the 

Kalafatas believes the 
arrival of the second Posse 
marks "a new period of 
growing multicultural 
feeling" at Brandeis. The 
Posse program, founded to 
bring graduates of inner city 
high schools to selective 
colleges and universities, is 
already a marked success at 
Brandeis. And Kalafatas 
believes new 

administrators — Associate 
Dean of Undergraduate 
Services and First-Year 
Students Michele 
Rosenthal, Coordinator of 
First Year Academic 
Services Mimi Arnstein, 
and Faculty Mentor 
Malcolm Watson, professor 
of psychology — will all play 
a role in making this class 
have a four-year experience 
that is as invigorating as 
their first weeks here — 
which were busy! 

The theme of their 
orientation was "Embrace 
the Challenge: Your 
Adventure Starts Here." 
First-year students attended 
Playfair, a program of "ice- 
breaking" exercises; a forum 
on academic integrity; and a 
cruise around Boston 
Harbor. International 
students became familiar 
with Boston thanks to a 
scavenger hunt, while 
commuters braved a Duck 
Tour, a journey through the 
city and along the Charles 
River in open, amphibious 
vehicles. Orientation was 
capped with the Class of 
2003 crowding Spingold 
Theater to hear author 
Jonathan Kozol discuss their 
summer reading, his best- 
seller Amazing Grace. 
about the lives of children 
in the South Bronx. 

"It's a wonderful time in 
Brandeis history," Kalafatas 
says. "You can sense a 
tremendous esprit." 

— Steve Anable 

Some Stories 
behind tlie Numbers 

' A young man from Amman 
who, at age 1 1, represented 
his country, Jordan, in 
various artistic and 
acrobatic cycling 
championships in Germany, 
France, and the 
Netherlands. In addition to 
serving as vice chair of the 
Leadership Council at his 
high school, he volunteered 
many hours to orphanages 
and at an archaeological 
site. He participated in a 
research project examining 
the water purification in 
Jordan. He also won an 
oratory prize in English and 
visited the United States as 
part of Friendship Force, a 
program between the 
Jubilee School in Amman 
and Northwest Atlanta 
High School. 

' An adventurous sculptor 
from Brooklyn, New York, 
who spent his summers 
pushing himself beyond his 
comfort zones. One year he 
hiked up old lava flows on 
Volcano Arenal in Costa 
Rica and the next he 
backpacked m the northern 
woods of Maine and made 
his descent from Mount 
Katahdin along Knife's 
Edge, New England's most 
difficult trail named for the 
two vertical drops on either 
side of it. A tennis player 
and writer, this student was 
also involved in technical 
theater and his high school 

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Former Drum Major 
Leads the Pack of the 
Class of 2003 

' One young man who is a 
member of the Adirondack 
46-Rs, a prestigious 
organization made up of 
over 4,000 men and women 
from around the world who 
have climbed all 46 of the 
mountains m New York 
State whose summit 
reaches above 4,000 feet. 

' A student from Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, who is a 
championship Chess Club 
captain, initially drawn to 
the game by the interesting 
shapes of its pieces and later 
gained appreciation for their 
positions on the playing 
board and the game's 
unpredictable nature. He 
competed in national 
tournaments, helping his 
team place first among 
public schools in the United 
States. A badminton player 
and Tennis Team captain, 
his preferred way to let off 
steam is with a good game 
of Bughouse, a double board 
variant of chess. 

' A Califomian from the San 
Jose area who literally 
bends over backwards to 
enjoy herself during her free 
time. This student 
intensively studied the art 
of acrobatics and 
contortionism to eventually 
become a professional 
circus performer. An official 
member of the international 
cast of Cirque San fose, this 
student wows audiences 
with her contortionist's 
ability to "twist her body 
into knots." 

' A future history and music 
major from New York City 
who has a passion for 
visiting historical sites and 
for following current 
events. He was selected to 
participate in a nationally 
televised ABC/Peter 
Jennings program on Bosnia 
that was a forum with 
children from the war-torn 
country. He is the principal 
bass player with the 7S- 
year-old All-City Orchestra 
and has performed at 
Lincoln Center. He also 
composes music and plays 
the piano. He plays varsity 
basketball and participated 
m the 1997 Maccabi games 
in Pittsburgh. 

' A young woman from 
Massachusetts who is 
president of her church 
youth group spent last 
summer as a volunteer 
teaching English and 
working in an orphanage in 
Uzbekhistan and 
Kazakhstan. Deeply moved 
by the plight of the children 
there, she hopes to return 
next summer. She has 
studied piano and voice at 
the Longy School of Music 
and is active in school 
choral groups. In addition 
she plays varsity volleyball 
and is treasurer of the Asian 
Cultural Society. 

• Years of hard work, getting 
up at 4:00 am on school 
days, and endless hours of 
practice on the ice led to 
this Californian's success in 
figure skating. She qualified 
to participate in the Novice 
Ladies and Junior Ladies 
National Competition three 
different years placing as 
high as third. 

• An accomplished violinist 
from Hawaii, who began his 
study at age 3. He has been 
a member of the Hawaii 
Youth Symphony for five 
years at Interlochen Arts 
Camp. He was a member of 
Its World Symphony 
Orchestra and played under 
some of the world's 
premiere conductors 
including Nccmc Jarvi, 
Maximillian Valdez, and 
Mark Russell Smith. In 
junior high he was selected 
to perform as a soloist with 
the Honolulu Symphony. 
He also teaches violin to 
young children and is a 
member of a performance 
quartet for hire for special 

Why would a drum major 
from La Grange, Texas, 
come to Brandeis? 

"I want to get the best 
education I can," says Laura 
Mueller, one of the 
outstanding members of 
Brandeis's Class of 2003. 

"I applied to several 
schools. ..but when I came 
to Brandeis in April, I 
discovered that I really 
liked the campus, and liked 
that the classes are small," 
Mueller continues, stating 
the size of the Brandeis 
community is similar in 
size to La Grange. But this 

"small town girl" has 
worldly aspirations and 

"I have always been one to 
get away from what 
everyone else was doing," 
Mueller says. Leading the 
pack is one of Mueller's 
specialties. For three years 
in high school she was the 
drum major, directing the 
high school band at athletic 
events and parades. 'The 
drum major is the main 
leadership position. ..I 
always wanted to be in a 
leadership position. The 
drum major needs to keep 
the band together, conduct 
for the band while they 
march, and solve 
problems," she explains. 

Mueller's enthusiasm for 
her days leading the band is 
evident. "Those were the 
best three years I had." 
Mueller's abundant energy 
was not limited to her role 
as drum major. "I love to be 
in extracurricular 
activities," she explains, "I 
love to do just everything." 
She also divided her talents 

5 1999 President's Report 

First- Year Filmmaker 
Brings Fresh Perspective 
to Campus 

among the tennis team, the 
Forensics Society, and the 
Debate Club. 

As president of the 
Forensics Society, Mueller 
oversaw every speaking 
event, including poetry 
readings, prose readmgs, 
and the engagements of the 
debate and math clubs. 
Mueller's love of debate is 
what truly reflects her 
personality. "I was always 
really strong willed," she 
shares with a giggle. "I have 
always been interested in 
hearing both sides of an 
issue and then really talkmg 
about it." Mueller was an 
undefeated member of the 
Debate Team for four years. 
She enjoyed grappling with 
the facts of both sides, 
stating, "as soon as you do 
the research, you totally see 
the other side." 

Mueller knows that her love 
of facts and debate will 
serve her well in the future. 
"Since I was 10, 1 always 
wanted to be a lawyer," she 
states, noting that she 
would like to take part in 
Brandeis's accelerated 

program with Columbia 
University's Law School. 
Mueller also adds that she 
would eventually like to be 
a Supreme Court Justice, 
much like the University's 
namesake, Louis D. 
Brandeis. "I was in a 
summer program at Yale," 
Mueller recalls, "and one of 
my teachers wrote on my 
paper 'You should be a great 
Supreme Court Justice 
someday,' and I thought, 

"I have a lot of work ahead of 
me but it will be worth it," 
Mueller smiles, "I am 
excited to get started." 

— Audrey Griftin 

Laura Mueller 

If you want to get Joey 
Frank '03 to talk, just ask 
him about film. 

"I love it," he smiles. But 
this first-year student from 
Washington D.C., isn't 
passionate about watching 
films, he is passionate about 
making films. "After my 
freshman year of high 
school a bunch of my 
friends and I made our first 
film. Bubble. It was filmed 
at my house, and ended up 
being a .50-minute black and 

"Bubble was about a kid who 
wanted to be immortal by 
telling everyone lies about 
his family. He eventually 
befriends a woman and tells 
her that he wants to kill the 
mailman, because the 
mailman has 'no purpose'... 
at the end of the movie he 
declares that he killed the 
mailman, then he kills 
himself. But the woman 
then discovers all the lies 
about his background and 
wonders if he really did kill 
the mailman, if he was in 
fact capable of hurting 
anyone else." Frank shrugs 
his shoulders and happily 
proceeds to discuss the next 
film, American Green. 

"1 guess it is kind of film 
noire," he begins. 

"American Green... 
examines what is really 
behind competitiveness, 
money, and greed," Frank 
continues to recap the 
story, its events centering 
around the rape and murder 
of the high school 
protagonist's girlfriend. 

By now, the obvious 
question to ask this 
seemingly happy, well- 
adjusted, self-possessed 

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young man is what inspires 
his plots. "Oh, we're all 
children of psychiatrists," 
Frank quips. [The 
interviewer breathes a sigh 
of relief.] 

Frank's storylines luckily 
do not stem from childhood 
experiences. In high school, 
Frank's extracurricular 
activities kept him too busy 
to do much else. This 
talented writer, actor, 
filmmaker, and now first 
year Brandeis student brings 
to the University a varied 
list of credits that include 
film festivals, animation, 
and magazines. 

Bubble and American 
Green, along with fogetown 
and Freudian Fruit, two 
films he funded with his 
own production company, 
Fifth Period Lunch 
Productions, were 
mentioned at Washington 
D.C.'s Rosebud Film 
Festival. This, according to 
Frank, was "pretty cool," 
since the festival is solely 
for professional filmmakers. 

Frank's other brush with 
festival fame is for an 
animated film, another one 
of his loves. Cocktale is a 
five-minute animated short 
film detailing a first 
meeting between a man and 
a woman that "is done like 
a silent movie," he 
explains. "It was accepted 
and filed in Spike and 
Mike's Sick and Twisted 
Festival of Animation but 
would require purchasmg 
the rights to Rogers and 

Hammerstein songs to be 
shown nationally," Frank 
declares proudly, adding, "I 
received a letter from the 
living one, Mike. ..he really 
liked it." 

The project he is most 
proud of, however, is Free 
Monet, "a one page, legal- 
size, front and back, seven- 
point type" magazine that 
he started at his high 
school, the Sitwell Friends 
School (for those of you 
wondering, he talked to 
Chelsea only three times 
and danced with her once in 
the eighth grade). The 
motivation for its size was 
simple, Frank states, "if it is 
only one page, it is easy to 
read. can have it on 
their desks when they are 
pretending to listen to 
teachers talk." His eyes 
twinkle and he smiles. Free 
Monet became a success, 
gaining school funding and 
printing 17 issues. 

Suddenly, Frank pauses and 
thinks about his 
accomplishments and 
motivation. "If people are 
silent. ..too focused to cough 
or fidget in their seats, then 
you're doing a good job. 
That, for me, is the most 
rewarding thing with 
art. ..and walking through 
the halls and seeing 
everyone reading your little 
paper. is very rewarding 
and so much fun." 

With his passions for film 
and animation, one cannot 
but wonder. did he 
choose Brandeis? He 
explains that he highly 
values the strong knowledge 
base he has received and the 
educational ideals that his 
parents have instilled in 
him. "I don't want to turn 
my back on that and focus 

joey Frank 

on only one thing, " he 
states. Though he was 
accepted into the honors 
film program at USC, Frank 
feels as though he did not 
want to narrow himself by 
going to a school that 
focused on only one subject. 

"I love many things. Right 
now I am looking at film 
studies, theater arts, and 
American history." But 
then his passion resurfaces. 

"This semester I am taking 
Forensic Chemistry, 
because that really helps 
with detective movies." 

"I also felt that in order to 
write screenplays. ..I need a 
group of people to 
help. is really a 
collaborative effort. 
Everything I accomplished 
relied heavily on other 
people's work as well as my 
own." He adds that he likes 
the campus, its proximity to 
Boston and "all its energy." 

As Frank ponders his next 
four years at the University, 
he states that he is "trying 
to write a screenplay" and 
that he "really wants to 
make movies here." He 
does have one concern, 
however, that is more 
immediate. "I am a huge 
sports fan... I love baseball 
and definitely want to 
check out a game at 
Fenway, but I want to make 
sure Pedro Martinez is 
pitching that night." 
Perhaps scene one of his 
screenplay will start at 

— Audrey Griffin 

7 1999 President's Report 

acuity and Staff 

Shonkoff Elected 
to the Institute of 
Medicine of the National 
Academy of Sciences, 
One of Only Three in 
Brandeis History 

Jack Shonkoff, dean of The 
Heller Graduate School and 
the Samuel F. and Rose B. 
Gingold Professor of Human 
Development, was recently 
elected to the prestigious 
Institute of Medicine of the 
National Academy of 
Sciences. He is one of only 
three people in the 
University's history to be 
awarded this honor. Other 
recipients are former 
Brandeis President Samuel 
Thier, M.D., and Stuart 
Aitman, Ph.D., the Sol C. 
Chaikin Professor of 
National Health Policy. 

Established in 1970 as a 
unit of the National 
Academy of Sciences, the 
Institute is broadly based in 
the biomedical sciences and 
health professions, as well 
as related aspects of 
behavioral and social 
sciences, administration, 
law, the physical sciences, 
and engineering. It is 
concerned with the 
protection and advancement 
of the health professions 
and sciences, the promotion 
of research and 
development pertment to 
health, and the 
improvement of health care. 
Members are elected by the 
incumbent membership on 
the basis of professional 
achievement and of 
demonstrated interest, 
concern, and involvement 
with problems and critical 
issues that affect the health 
of the public. 

Iiick Shunkoft 

Shonkoff joined the 
Brandeis faculty in 1994. 
Prior to that he was an 
academic pediatrician, first 
at the Boston Children's 
Hospital and Harvard 
Medical School, and then at 
the University of 
Massachusetts Medical 
School, where he was chief 
of developmental and 
behavioral pediatrics. An 
author of five books and 
more than 80 papers and 
abstracts, his primary 
research interests focus on 
early childhood policy, 
particularly as related to 
vulnerable children and 
families. He has received 
numerous professional 
awards and is active in 
many professional and civic 

MacArthur Foundation 
Awards "Genius" Grant 
to Jacqueline Jones 

Jacqueline Jones 

Jacqueline Jones, the 
Truman Professor of 
American Civilization, was 
recently awarded a 
"Genius" Grant from the 
John D. and Catherine T. 
MacArthur Foundation. 
Jones will receive $350,000 
of unrestricted, "no strings 
attached" support over the 
next five years. 

Jones has been a Brandeis 
faculty member since 1991. 
A social historian whose 
scholarship focuses on how 
economic transformations 
have affected the status of 
workers, her research 
interests include African 
American, women's, 
southern, and labor history. 
Her courses at Brandeis 
include Modern American 
Social History, Race in the 
Workplace from 1600 to the 
Present, and Problems in 
American Women's 
History. Jones is the author 
of numerous articles and 
five books, including Labor 
of Love. Labor of Sorrow: 
Black Women. Work, and 
the Family from Slavery to 
the Present, which was a 
Pulitzer Prize finalist in 
American history. Her 
latest book, A Social 
History of the Laboring 
Classes: From Colonial 
Times to the Present, 
published this year, 
explores four centuries of 
work and workers. 

Jones received a B.A. in 
1970 from the University of 
Delaware and a M.A. in 
1972 and Ph.D. in 1976 
from the University of 
Wisconsin, Madison. 

The MacArthur Foundation 
is a private, independent 
grantmaking institution 
dedicated to helping groups 
and individuals foster 
lasting improvement in the 
human condition. The 
foundation's Fellows 
Program provides 
unrestricted fellowships to 
exceptionally talented and 
promising individuals who 
have shown evidence of 
originality, dedication to 
creative pursuits, and 
capacity for self-direction. 
MacArthur fellowships are 
intended to enhance the 
ability of recipients to 
pursue their work in 
accordance with their own 
inclinations and are granted 
directly to individuals 
rather than through 
institutions. Individuals 
cannot apply for the 
fellowships, but are secretly 
nominated by MacArthur 
Foundation "talent scouts." 
Jones is one of 32 fellows 
selected in 1999. 

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Assistant Surgeon 
General Susan 
Blumenthal is Visiting 
Professor in Women's 

Susan, assistant 
surgeon general and rear 
admiral in the United States 
Public Health Service, 
Department of Health and 
Human Services (DHHS) 
and a national expert on 
women's health and mental 
illness, is spending the 
1999-2000 academic year as 
a visiting professor in the 
Women's Studies Program. 

According to Blumenthal, 
she will deliver lectures 
throughout the year, take 
part in panel discussions 
with other experts and 
students, and "help foster 
new initiatives to stimulate 
women's health programs at 
Brandeis to improve 
women's health in the 
community and 

Blumenthal brings a highly 
accomplished background 
to the University. Until 
1998, she served as the 
country's first deputy 
assistant secretary for 
women's health in the 
DHHS, playing a major role 
in moving women's health 
issues to the forefront of the 
national health care agenda. 
She oversaw research, 
services, and education 
programs dedicated to 
advancing women's health 
across the agencies of the 
DHHS and with other 
federal and 
organizations. From 1982 to 
1994, she directed major, 
national research programs 
at the National Institutes of 

Her achievements in 
advancing women's health 
are many. She initiated 
"From Missiles to 
Mammograms," a unique 
collaboration with the CIA, 
NASA, and the Department 
of Defense. The program 
transferred military and 
space imaging technology to 
improve the early detection 
of breast cancer. She also 
established National 
Centers of Excellence on 
Women's Health; developed 
a national Women's Health 
Information Center; and 
cochaired and was 
responsible for the 
coordination and 
implementation of the 
National Action Plan for 
Breast Cancer. 

Blumenthal has an M.D. 
from the University of 
Tennessee, and an M.P.A. 
with concentrations in 
Health Policy and Public 
Health from the Harvard 
School of Government. She 
has written scientific 
articles and books and 
currently writes a monthly 
health column for EUe 
magazine. She has won 
numerous awards and 
honorary degrees for her 
scientific contributions and 
national leadership in 
women's health and mental 
illness research and 
education. The New York 
Times named her one of the 
top 12 doctors in the 
women's health field and 
the Medical Herald cited 
her as one of the 20 most 
influential women in 

— Donna Desrochers 

Cohen Named 
ECAC Male 
Administrator of 
the Year 

Jeff Cohen 

Jeff Cohen '64, director of 
athletics, recreation, and 
intramural sports, has been 
named the Jostens/Eastern 
College Athletic Conference 
(ECAC) Male Administrator 
of the Year. The award is 
presented annually to a 
male and female 
administrator from a 
member institution in 
recognition of outstanding 
or meritorious service to 
the ECAC. Cohen received 
the award at the ECAC Fall 
Convention Awards 
Banquet in October. The 
honor is given in 
conjunction with Jostens, 
an official trophy/awards 
company of the ECAC. 

During his 13-year career at 
Brandeis, Cohen has been 
instrumental in several 
improvements to facilities, 
including the opening of the 
Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center. Under 
his leadership, the 
University has hosted 
numerous national and 
regional tournaments, 
including the 1999 NCAA 
Men's and Women's 
Fencing Championships and 
the 1998 NCAA Division m 
Indoor Track and Field 

Cohen's hard work and 
dedication is not limited to 
Brandeis. He is the current 
chair of the ECAC finance 
committee. Cohen also 
served on the ECAC 
Executive Council from 
1996 to 1998, was the chair 
of the ECAC Marketing and 
Television Committees, and 
also served on the Chapman 
Retirement Committee. 

Prior to Brandeis, Cohen 
worked in a variety of 
capacities with the Boston 
Celtics, including seven 
years as vice president. He 
was later named executive 
vice president and general 
manager of the Kansas City- 
Omaha (now Sacramento) 
Kings of the NBA. 

9 1999 President's Report 

Polonsky Appointed to 
Holocaust Chair 

Antony Polonsky 

Antony Polonsky, the 
Walter Stern Hilborn 
Professor of Judaic and 
Social Studies, has been 
named as the first Albert 
Abramson Chair of 
Holocaust Studies. The 
appointment is part of a 
cooperative agreement 
between Brandeis and the 
United States Holocaust 
Memorial Museum in 
Washmgton, D.C. 

The Chair was established 
by The Hon. Albert 
Abramson of Maryland, 
who donated $2 million to 
the United States Holocaust 
Memorial Museum Council 
to fund the Chair and 
related academic programs 
organized jointly by the 
museum's Center for 
Advanced Holocaust 
Studies and Brandeis 
University. The Center for 
Advanced Holocaust 
Studies supports research, 
the growth of the field of 
Holocaust studies, and the 
ongoing training of future 
generations of scholars. 

Polonsky is a distinguished 
scholar whose research and 
writings are focused on the 
history of Polish Jewry. He 
is the author of Politics in 
Independent Poland: The 
Little Dictators: A History 
of Eastern Europe since 
1918: and The Great Powers 
and the Polish Question 
(1941-1945). He is currently 
working on a history of the 
Jews in Poland and Russia 
from 1764 to the present. 
During the spring 1999 
semester Polonsky was the 
Skirball Visiting Fellow at 
the Oxford Centre for 
Hebrew and Jewish Studies 
and senior associate 
member of Saint Antony's 
College at Oxford. Earlier 

this year he was awarded 
the Knight's Cross of the 
Order of Merit of the 
Republic of Poland (the 
highest honor that can be 
awarded a non-citizen) for 
his "outstanding 
contribution to studies in 
Polish Jewry." 

Polonsky is vice president 
of the Institute for Polish- 
Jewish Studies in Oxford 
and of the American 
Association for Polish- 
Jewish Studies. He is an 
editor of The Library of 
Holocaust Testimonies, and 
a member of the 
International Board of the 
Mordechai Anieliewicz 
Center for Jewish Studies at 
Warsaw University. 

A native of South Africa, he 
studied history and political 
science at the University of 
Witwatersrand and was a 
Rhodes Scholar in 1961. In 
1970 he was appointed 
lecturer in international 
history at the London 
School of Economics and 
Political Science and in 
1989 was awarded the title 
of professor. In 1993 he was 
appointed to his current 
position at Brandeis. He 
chaired the Department of 
Near Eastern and Judaic 
Studies from 1995 to 1998. 

Albert Abramson said he 
was "delighted that this gift 
will enhance the teaching of 
the Holocaust at Brandeis as 
well as the work of the 
Center for Advanced 
Holocaust Studies." 

Brandeis University 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
added, "this University is 
fortunate to have someone 
of Professor Polonsky's 
talents and intellect that so 
perfectly fit the parameters 
of this new Chair." 

Gerald W. Bush 
Dies at 62 

Gerald W. Bush, a former 
professor in The Heller 
Graduate School, died on 
July 20 of a brain tumor in 
his home in San Francisco. 
He was 62. 

An expert in human 
resource management, 
employee benefits, and 
health care policy, Bush was 
best known as one of the 
leaders of the Peace Corps. 
At the time of his death, 
Bush was president and 
chief executive officer of 
Saybrook Graduate School 
and Research Center in San 
Francisco. Founded in 1971, 
Saybrook awards master's 
and doctoral degrees in 
psychology and human 

Bush came to Brandeis in 
1984. He joined the faculty 
of The Heller Graduate 
School as a human services 
management professor and 
director of the School's 
effort to prepare a new kind 
of manager in the employee 
benefits field who would 
possess knowledge of social 
policy and a concern for 
social justice. He was also 
the director of the Heller 
Master in Management of 
Human Services Degree 

Bush was brought to The 
Heller School by Stuart 

Ahman, the Sol C. Chaikin 
Professor of National 
Health Policy, who was 
then Dean. According to 
Altman, "one of the 
highlights of my 13 years as 
dean was my ability to 
recruit Gerry to the faculty. 
Gerry's academic training 
and work experience fit 
extremely well into the 
goals and mission of 

Altman continued, "He was 
deeply committed to social 
issues and he was well 
respected in the private 
sector. To top this all off, 
Gerry was a hell of a guy." 

Andrew Hahn, professor and 
director of the Program on 
Innovations in Social 
Policy, commented. Bush 
'brought guidance and 
dedication to The Heller 
School's master's 
programs," adding, "Gerry 
taught us that social welfare 
needs to be protected and 
promoted in many settings, 
whether it be in the 
workplace through 
employee benefits, or in the 
government through special 

Stephen Coan '84, 
M.M.H.S. '90, Ph.D. '97, 
president of the Medfield 
Group, a management 
consulting and government 

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Schuiz Wins Testimonial 
Award from United 

The Secretary-General of 
the United Nations, on the 
occasion of the 
International Year of Older 
Persons, and in recognition 
of his dedicated service in 
support of the United 
Nations' Program on Aging 
presented James H. Schuiz, 
the Ida and Meyer Kirstein 
Professor for Planning and 
Administration of Aging 
Policy at The Heller 
Graduate School, with a 
Testimonial Award. The 
award was presented at the 

Gerald W. Bush 

relations organization, and 
president of the Heller 
Alumni Association, is a 
former student of Bush's. 
Coan remembers Bush "had 
a remarkable ability to 
bring out the best in 
people. ..He really inspired 
me, and was singularly 
responsible in motivating 
me to pursue a Ph.D. at 
Heller. ..We will miss him 
sorely. He always had a 
twinkle in his eye, a grin on 
his face, and a funny story 
to make anyone's day 

Perhaps Altman sums up 
the death of Bush the best: 
"Gerry was a good colleague 
and a special friend and it 
was a loss when he chose to 
leave Heller and 
Massachusetts for the Wild 
West. It is now the 
country's loss that he is not 
with us." 

Bush's achievements are 
many. In 1962 he was a 
member of President 
Kennedy's White House 
Staff. Bush was a member of 
the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs Personnel, 
conducting studies of 
personnel and management 
problems at several top U.S. 
agencies. Conclusions of the 
research were published in 
the report "Personnel for 
the New Diplomacy." From 

1963 to 1965, he was 
assistant director of 
training — Far East then the 
executive secretary and 
special assistant to the 
director of the U.S. Peace 
Corps. Bush was responsible 
for training all volunteers 
assigned to the Far East and 
for all aspects of the 
director's office, 
respectively. He also held 
senior posts at the U.S. 
Department of Labor and 
Arthur D. Little. 

In 1972 he moved to 
Massachusetts to become 
the director of the mayor of 
Boston's Office of 
Commerce and Manpower. 
During his three years as 
director, he created and 
supervised the first citywide 
economic development 
programs and expanded 
Boston's Manpower 
Training and Human 
Development Agency. 

After his work for the 
mayor's office, in 1975 he 
moved to Gulf Oil 
Corporation in Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, where he was 
the senior vice president for 
human resources. He 
managed the worldwide 
corporate human resources 
department, including labor 
relations and all human 
resource functions. 

Bush was the author of four 
books and numerous 
articles. He also served on 
many civic and professional 
boards, including the Board 
of Overseers of the Rose Art 
Museum, The United Way, 
and the National Head 
Injury Foundation, where he 
was chair for several years. 

Bush was born and raised in 
Barberville, California. He 
received a B.S. from Santa 
Clara University, an M.A. 
from Claremont Graduate 
School, and a Ph.D. from 
Northern Illinois 

Bush leaves his wife lean 
(Wentworth); his children, 
Michael J. of Mountain 
Lakes, New Jersey, Patrick K. 
of Galveston, Texas, Mark W. 
of Boulder, Colorado, and 
Robert of Mountain View, 
California; his brothers 
Bernard J. of Los Altos, 
California, and Robert of 
Oakdale, California; and 
two grandchildren. 

Contributions in his honor 
may be made to The Heller 
School's Annual Fund in 
Gerald Bush's name. 

— Audrey Griffin 

General Assembly building 
in New York City. 
Presiding were Madame 
Louise Frechette, Deputy- 
Secretary General and Mr. 
Nitin Desai, under- 
secretary-general for 
economic and social affairs. 
Also present was Dr. 
Alexandre Sidorenko, 
coordinator of the 
International Year of Older 

While on sabbatical in 
1990-91, Schuiz worked as a 
consultant for the United 
Nations Center for Social 
Development and 
Humanitarian Affairs 
(which was in Vienna, 
Austria, at the time). While 
there, he authored a review 
of the global situation with 
regard to older people and 
programs to serve them. 
This report. The World 
Ageing Situation, 1991, was 
published by the United 
Nations in English, Spanish, 
and Russian in 1991. 

11 1999 President's Report 

Recent Faculty 

Richard Alterman of the 
computL-r science 
department has recently 
been promoted to the rank 
of full professor. A cognitive 
computational scientist, 
Alterman's research 
includes work on spatial 
reasoning and investigating 
the shape of objects and 
how people relate to them, 
using FLOBAN, a computer 
program he invented. 
Alterman's research in 
semantic memory explores 
how people derive meaning 
from and make connections 
between events. His current 
work focuses on intelligent 
adaptive "groupware," 
software used by multiple 
interactive users for 
problem solving and 
planning. Alterman's 
computer models offer 
insights into how human 
beings learn and adapt 
individually or as groups. 
The real world applications 
of his research could result 
in reduced planning and 
communication costs, and 
improved worker 

Alterman's new courses are 
the University seminar 
Everyday Activity, 
Computational Cognitive 
Science, and Human 
Computer Interaction. He is 
also cluster convener of 
Intelligence: Real and 
Artificial. Additionally he is 
a member of the B2000 
subcommittee on salaries 
and on faculty utilization. 

Adam Jaffe has recently 
been promoted to the rank 
of full professor of 
economics. Jaffe is a leading 
figure in the area of 
technological change and its 
role in the growth of the 
economy. He has researched 
the "spillover" effect of 
inventions over time, the 
effects of geographical 
proximity on the diffusion 
of technological 
innovations, the importance 
of university research to 
industrial technological 
innovation, and the 
importance of research and 
development to a firm's 
market value. His research 
also deals with the impact 
of energy-efficient 
regulations on the adoption 
of energy-efficient 
technology. Jaffe is project 
director of productivity 
studies at the National 
Bureau of Economic 
Research, sits on several 
editorial boards, and has 
received substantial 
research support from the 
Department of Energy, NSF, 
and the Environmental 
Protection Agency. 

Jaffe teaches Advanced 
Microeconomics and 
Industrial Organization, two 
core courses for the 
Graduate School of 
International Economics 
and Finance. In addition he 
teaches the introductory 
undergraduate course in 
economics and a course in 
environmental economics. 
He serves as honors 
coordinator for 
undergraduate honors 

Marty Wyngaarden Krauss 

has recently been promoted 
to the rank of full professor 
at The Heller Graduate 
School. Krauss is a major 
contributor to the field of 
mental retardation and 
disability studies and a 
nationally recognized leader 
on issues of family 
adaptation. Her most recent 
work focuses on how aging 
families cope and adjust 
over time to raising an adult 
child with mental 
retardation. Krauss's 
sophisticated methodology 
has uncovered several 
unexpected results that 
challenge conventional 
wisdom and have enormous 
implications for public 
policy. Krauss's research 
has revealed that family 
caregivers frequently adjust 
to their roles, function well, 
and provide stable family 
environments and morale in 
the face of stress. In fact, 
rather than being a burden 
on resentful family 
members, her research has 
uncovered that 
responsibility for an adult 
retarded offspring or sibling 
may be a positive and 
emotionally fulfilling 

Krauss's classes, which 
include Survey Methods and 
Disability Policy, are often 
oversubscribed. Her 
students appreciate her real 
world experiences as well as 
the organization of her 
classes and the opportunity 
to peer-review student 
work. Krauss is the director 
of The Heller Graduate 
School's Starr Center on 
Mental Retardation and 
chair of the B2000 
subcommittee on faculty 
and staff compensation. She 
is also a fellow of the 
American Association on 
Mental Retardation and 
president of the Academy 
on Mental Retardation. 

Ranjan Sen has recently 
been promoted to the rank 
of full professor of biology. 
Sen is at the forefront of the 
highly competitive field of 
genetic and molecular 
analysis of transcription 
factors important in gene 
expression. He is an 
internationally known 
leader in the field of 
transcriptional regulation in 
lymphocyte development 
and activation. Sen isolated 
the first NFkB protein and 
has continued to make 
major contributions related 
to its family members and 
their regulation of 
lymphocyte development, 
as well as significant 
contributions to 
understanding how certain 
enhancer regions control 
both immunoglobulin 
heavy chain genes and T 
cell receptor genes. His 
research, which has 
implications for selective 
drug targeting, has been 
supported by the March of 
Dimes Foundation and a 
Research Career 
Development Award from 
the National Institutes of 

Sen's courses include 
Introductory Immunology 
and Advanced Immunology. 
Next year he will teach 
Genes and Genomics a new 
course that will expand 
undergraduate offerings in 
this rapidly growing area. 
Sen is the chair of the 
Brandeis cell and molecular 
biology graduate program, 
and an undergraduate 

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Faculty Notes 

John Burt 

professor of English and 
director, University 
Writing, had his chapter, 
"Prose Writing 1940-1990,' 
appear in the Cambridge 
History of American 
Literature, Vol. VII, 
published by Cambridge 
University Press. 

Stanley Deser 

Enid and Nate Ancell 
Professor of Physics, 
delivered plenary invited 
lectures at two 
international conferences: 
European Gravitational 
Conference, Weimar, 
Germany, and QG '99, 
Sardinia, Italy. 

Recent Tenure 

Lawrence H. Fuchs 

Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor of American 
Civilization and Politics, 
had his chapter "Race, 
Religion, Ethnicity and the 
Civic Culture in the United 
States" appear in The 
Accommodation of 
Cultural Diversity, edited 
by Crawford Young and 
published by the United 
Nations Research Institute 
for Social Development and 
St. Martin's Press. 

Thomas King of the 

Department of English and 
American Literature has 
been promoted to the rank 
of associate professor and 
awarded tenure. King's 
interests are performance 
studies, queer theory and 
gay studies, and 1 7th- and 
18th-century English drama. 
He is credited with 
reconfiguring the history of 
Restoration — 18th-century 
maleness/masculinity, and 
offering significant and 
compelling re-readings of 
fundamental questions that 
will change the way 
scholars approach the 
subject. The forthcoming 
The Gendermg of Men: 
Male Pleasures in Early 
Modern England is expected 
to set a new standard for the 
discussion of gender and 
sexuality. King brings a high 
level of historical ambition 
and daring, innovation and 
energy to a complex, 
controversial, and 
provocative historical 

His classes include 
Introduction to Literary 
Method, Making Sex, 
Performing Gender, and 
Desire, Identity, and 
Representation. He is also 
involved in the Creative 
Writing Program, serves as 
liaison to the joint master's 
program in English and 
women's studies, and serves 
on the University 
Committee for the Support 
of Teaching. 

Fred Diamond has recently 
been appointed as tenured 
associate professor of 
mathematics. An expert m 
representation theory, 
algebraic geometry, and 
commutative algebra, 
Diamond is most noted for 
his extension of Wiles's 
work on Fermat's last 
theorem, one of the central 
and most puzzling 
questions in the entire field 
of mathematics. In doing 
this, he mastered a vast 
array of modern techniques 
in algebra and geometry and 
made important and 
technically sophisticated 
contributions to the field. 
Diamond has also 
contributed to the 
development of techniques 
that have led to advances 
with broad implications for 
several areas of 

Diamond has high standards 
of teaching and has proven 
his ability in a variety of 
undergraduate, remedial, 
and advanced courses. Clear 
and incisive, his lectures 
make a difficult and 
technically challenging 
subject surprisingly 
accessible. Diamond 
received fellowship support 

from the American 
Mathematical Society and 
held a prestigious Ritt 
Assistant Professorship at 
Columbia University. He 
has also taught at the 
University of Cambridge, 
Ohio State University, MIT, 
and Rutgers University. 

An econometrician who 
works at the intersection of 
economics and finance, 
Blake LeBaron was recently 
appointed as tenured full 
professor of finance in the 
Graduate School of 
International Economics 
and Finance. He is one of 
the leading figures in 
developing techniques, 
methodology, and realistic 
approaches to tackle 
difficult but essential 
research questions. His 
model of artificial markets 
attempts to see what kind 
of behaviors individuals 
exhibit as they interact in a 
market and whether or not 
markets are efficient. 
LeBaron's papers on 
technical analysis and 
predictability of stock price 
movements are important 
in bridging the gap between 
previously incorrect 
assumptions of academic 
research and realistic 
viewpoints of practitioners. 
LeBaron asks if technical 
trading rules are profitable, 
how prices are related to 

other macroeconomic 
variables, and what the 
affect of central bank 
intervention is. 

Students are impressed with 
LeBaron's breadth of 
knowledge and 
commitment to effective 
communication. He has 
become an important 
dissertation mentor and is a 
valuable contributor to the 
weekly doctoral research 
seminar. LeBaron will teach 
a combination of graduate 
and undergraduate courses 
and contribute to the 
direction of the Ph.D. 

13 1999 President's Report 

Eugene Goodheart 

Edytha Macy Gross 
Professor of Humanities, 
had fiis book, Does Literary 
Studies Have a Future!, 
publislied by the University 
of Wisconsin Press. 

Arthur Green 

Philip W. Lown Professor of 
Jewish Thought, had his 
book. These Are the Words: 
A Vocabulary of Jewish 
Spiritual Life, pubHshed by 
Jewish Lights. Also, his 
article, "A Kabbalah for the 
Environmental Age," 
appeared in the September 
issue of Tikkun. 

Edward K. Kaplan 

professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
presented a paper, 
"Tentations de la foi: 
Lenergie poetique et morale 
de I'impossible," at an 
international symposium on 
Yves Bonnefoy and 
contemporary French poetry 
at Dalhousie University. An 
interview about the 
religious thoughts of 
Abraham Heschel appeared 
in the French bulletin, 
Information fuive. 

Morton Keller 

Samuel J. and Augusta 
Specter Professor of 
History, was a resident 
scholar at the Rockefeller 
Study Center in Bellagio, 
Italy, June 1999; was elected 
corresponding fellow of the 
British Academy; and is 
coeditor of and contributor 
to Taking Stock: American 
Government in the 
Twentieth Century, 
published by Cambridge 
University Press. 

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow 

assistant professor of 
classical studies, delivered a 
paper, " ...hie cacavit bene: 
Sanitary Conditions in 
Public Latrines at Pompeii 
and Herculaneum," at the 
annual meetings of the 
Archaeological Institute of 
America, Washington, D.C. 
She also chaired a panel, 
"Approaches to Teaching 
Multiculturalism in the 
Classics Classroom," 
sponsored by the Minority 
Scholarship Committee of 
the American Philological 

Marya Lowry 

artist-in-residence in voice, 
was the featured narrator 
with the Boston Pops (Keith 
Lockhart, conductor) in 
'With Voices Raised," a new 
composition for orchestra, 
mixed chorus, and speakers 
with music by Stephen 
Flaherty and text by Lynn 

Victor Luftig 

associate professor of 
English and American 
Literature, was named to 
the Merino Chair at the 
Bread Loaf School of 
English, Middlebury 
College, in the summer 
of 1999. 

Thomas Howard Mcgrath 

lecturer in fine arts, had his 
article "Drawing Practices 
and Market Forces in 16th 
Century Italy" in the 
Festschrift for John 

Benjamin C.I. Ravid 

Jennie and Meyer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
delivered a paper on "Jewish 
Renaissance Migrations" at 
the annual meeting of the 
American Historical 
Association, Washington, D.C. 

Bernard Reisman 

Klutznick Professor 
Emeritus of Contemporary 
Jewish Studies, was invited 
to lecture in Zagreb, 
Croatia, at a special 
convocation celebrating the 
150th anniversary of the 
Jewish community in 
Yugoslavia. He followed 
with lectures to the Jewish 
communities in Prague and 

Vardit Ringvald 

lecturer with rank of 
assistant professor of 
Hebrew and director, 
Hebrew and Oriental 
Language Programs, 
attended "The Heritage 
Languages in America" 
national conference at 
California State University; 
directed the Hebrew 
Language Summer Institute; 
and hosted the "Hebrew 
Language Proficiency 
Standards Seminar" at 
Brandeis for Jewish Day 
School students. 

Nicholas Rodis 

professor emeritus of 
physical education, 
represented the United 
States at the General 
Assembly of the 
International University 
Sports Federation (FISU) in 
Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 
He also attended the 1999 
World University Games in 

Howard Schnitzer 

Edward and Gertrude 
Swartz Professor of 
Theoretical Physics, 
lectured on "Tests of M- 
Theory" at the University 
of Santiago de Compostela, 
Spain Advanced School on 
String Theory. 

Stefan Timmermans 

assistant professor of 
sociology, published his 
book. Sudden Death and 
the Myth of CPR, with 
Temple University Press. 

Saul Touster 

professor emeritus of law 
and social welfare, has been 
researching a Haggadah for 
Passover, which he found 
among his father's papers, 
that was composed and 
illustrated by Holocaust 
survivors. The Survivor's 
Haggadah was reprinted in 
1998 by the American 
Jewish Historical Society 
and the Jewish Publication 
Society will bring out a 
trade edition in February 
2000. During his research, 
Touster was impressed by 
the care given to Jewish 
survivors by the American 
army after the liberation of 
the concentration camps. 
They provided not only food 
and shelter but newspapers, 
books of liturgy, and the 
publication of the Talmud 
in 19 volumes to replace 
what had been lost under 
the Nazis. In appreciation of 
all that the army had done, 
a copy of the Haggadah was 
presented to the West Point 
Jewish Chapel in September 
while Touster brought 
remarks on the history and 
significance of the 
Survivor's Haggadah. 


Sherri Geller '92 

associate director of 
admissions, chaired the 
1999 annual meeting and 
conference for the National 
Association for College 
Admission Counseling, at 
Roger Williams University, 
Bristol, Rhode Island. She 
has been elected an 
Assembly Delegate for a 
three-year term to the 
National Association for 
College Admission 

14 Brandeis Review 


Alumni Invited to Join 
New Rabbi Search 

Following this summer's 
departure of Rabbi Al 
Axelrad, who had been 
Brandeis's Jewish chaplain 
and Hillcl director for the 
past 34 years, the 
University is eager to 
involve its alumni in a 
search for his replacement. 
Hillel; The Foundation for 
Campus Jewish Life and 
Brandeis University are 
seeking an energetic and 
competent professional to 
serve as an educational 
leader, community 
organizer, counselor, Jewish 
presence, and chief 
executive for Brandeis 
Hillel. Candidates should be 
adept at working closely 
with students, the Brandeis 
Hillel Board and other 
lay leaders, Hillel staff, and 
the broader University 

The Hillel director's 
responsibilities include 
providing strategic vision, 
programmatic initiatives, 
professional management, 
and leadership for the 
promotion and support of 
Jewish life on campus. The 
director helps develop the 
financial resources 
necessary to ensure 
Brandeis Hillel's continued 
growth and success. 

An ordained rabbi is 
preferred — although under 
exceptional circumstances, 
a non-rabbi with a high 
degree of Jewish learning 
may be considered — and 
experience in Jewish 
community leadership, 
education, programming, 
and resource development 
are desirable. 

The position offers a 
competitive salary and 
comprehensive benefits. 
The Search Committee 
began reviewing 
applications on December 1, 
1999. Interviews with 
finalists will begin early in 
the second semester, but 
applications will be 
accepted and considered 
until the position is filled. 
Further information, 
including a detailed 
iob description, can be 
found at 
Applicants are asked to 
submit a resume, 
references, and salary 
requirements to: Mr. Eran 
Gasko, Director, Human 
Resources, Hillel, 1640 
Rhode Island Ave. NW, 
Washington, D.C. 20036, 
202-857-6626 fax, 
Attn: Brandeis Search. 

The Justice Now On-line 

The justice, Brandeis's 
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Point your browser to this 
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Questions or suggestions? 

Dear Editor, 

I taught at Brandeis from 
1951 to 1970, won a 
Pulitzer Prize in History in 
1968, was the founding dean 
of the Graduate School of 
Arts and Sciences, 1957-63, 
dean of the faculty, 1963-66, 
first Earl Warren Professor 
of Constitutional History, 
and received an honorary 
doctorate from Brandeis in 
1987. Heft Brandeis only 
because my wife required a 
warm, dry climate for 
traumatic arthritis. I'm the 
author of 20 books and the 
editor of another 16. I write 
now because on this day, 
my Origins of the Bill of 
Rights has been published, 
my Palladium of justice is 
about to be published, my 
Origins of the Fifth 
Amendment has just been 
reprinted, and my Ranters 
Run Amok and Other 
Adventures in the History 
of American Law is about 
to be published. Inasmuch 
as I feel very close to 
Brandeis, I should 
appreciate the publication 
of this letter at some 
appropriate point in your 
pages. Thank you. 

Leonard W. Levy 

15 1999 President's Report 

A Note from the Senior 
Vice President for 
Development and Alumni 

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

Last year at this time I was 
pleased to report to you the 
extraordinary progress that 
was achieved as we closed 
the books on Brandeis's first 
half-century. We are now 
building on these 
accomplishments, and I 
would like to take this 
opportunity to report on the 
results of the fiscal year 
ended lune 30, 1999, and 
the progress of our 
campaign planning. 

We concluded fiscal 1999 
having raised $43.5 million 
in cash gifts (a new record 
in gifts to Brandeis 
University). This continues 
a five-year sequence of 
positive fundraising trends 
from fiscal 1995 through 
this year. Total cash gifts 
have increased from $24.3 
million in fiscal 1995 to 
$43.5 million this past year 
representing an increase of 
19 percent. 

Another positive trend is 
that alumni annual giving 
increased from $3.4 million 
to $6.0 million from 1995 to 
1999, or an increase of 76 
percent. From fiscal 1998 to 
fiscal 1999 the increase in 
alumni giving was 46 
percent. At the same time 
that total dollars are 
increasing, our alumni 
giving participation rate has 
also grown. The alumni 
participation rate has risen 
from 22 percent in 1995 to 
36 percent in 1999. In the 
recent issue of U.S. News &) 
World Report, in which we 

are ranked 31st among the 
top 50 national universities, 
only 12 national 
universities are ahead of us 
in terms of the percentage 
of alumni who give. This 
bodes well for our future 
fundraising. Significant 
increases m fundraising 
have also been achieved 
from Brandeis parents, 
friends, and in corporate 
and foundation grants. 

I appreciate the many 
alumni who have had an 
enormous impact on their 
alma mater. For example, 26 
alumni currently serve on 
our Board of Trustees. 
However, much work still 
lies ahead. While our 
alumni giving participation 
rate has risen, we must 
continue to build our level 
of alumni support. Alumni 
involvement is essential as 
we move forward with our 

The fact that Brandeis is 
ranked among the finest 
universities in the country 
is particularly significant 
given the institution's 
young age. Only 50 years 
old and with a modest 
endowment, Brandeis 
nevertheless has achieved 
so much. For example, m 
both 1998 and 1999, a 
Brandeis faculty member 
has been awarded the 
prestigious MacArthur 
Foundation "Genius" 
Award. Two Brandeis 
alumni had their books on 
The New York Times 
Bestseller List 
concurrently. . . Tuesdays 
with Morne by Mitch 
Albom '79 and The Lexus 
and the Ohve Tree by 
Thomas Friedman '75. 

We have an ambitious set of 
campaign objectives for 
fiscal 2000 aimed at 
sustaining this excellence. 
The Campaign Planning 
Committee, chaired by 
Trustee Sylvia K. 
Hassenfeld, was formed and 
met regularly to review the 
progress of campaign 
planning and to discuss 
campaign goals and 
objectives. In preparation 
for a feasibility study to test 
the University's campaign 
goals, 17 small-group 
briefing sessions have been 
held around the country in 
addition to more than 100 
individual meetings to hear 
supporters' feedback on the 
case document for the 
University's campaign. 
During these sessions we 
outlined the University's 
needs and discussed with 
potential donors the role 
private support can play at 

Following the briefings, the 
feasibility study conducted 
by Grenzebach Glier &. 
Associates will involve 
hundreds of alumni, friends, 
parents, members of the 
National Women's 
Committee, and other 
supporters. Our priorities 
for the campaign will 
include endowed faculty 
chairs, scholarships, 
upgrading our technology, 
and enhancement of the 
physical campus. 

One of the basic facts of 
philanthropy is that people 
support organizations that 
are well-managed and 
fiscally sound. I can report 
to you that under the 
visionary leadership of 
President Jehuda Reinharz, 
with the strong financial 
management of Executive 

Nancy Kohick Winship 

Vice President and Chief 
Operating Officer Peter 
French, and the academic 
stewardship of Provost and 
Senior Vice President for 
Academic Affairs Irving 
Epstein, Brandeis will 
continue to excel in 
teaching and research in the 
new millennium. 

I deeply appreciate the 
efforts of our alumni, 
parents. Trustees, faculty, 
friends, and members of the 
Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee who have 
supported the University at 
all levels and participated in 
our development activities 
on campus and around the 
country. We have had 
outstanding growth in the 
dollars we raised over the 
past five years, and we are 
already hard at work to set 
an all-time record in fiscal 
2000. I look forward to your 
continued support and 
active involvement as our 
campaign moves forward. 


Nancy Kolack Winship 
Senior Vice President 

16 Brandeis Review 

Total Giving 

Alumni Participation 

The following represents all 
gifts given to the University 
for all purposes (with the 
exception of contracts and 
grants through the Office of 
Sponsored Programs) over 
the past five years. 

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Sponsored Research 
Funding 1998-99 

The University's sponsored 
research funding for 
academic year 1998-99 
totalled $42,666,882. This 
unusually large amount of 
research support for a 
university the size of 
Brandeis is corrohorating 
evidence of the impact the 
Institution is acknowledged 
to have on the pursuit of 
knowledge and the quality 
of life in the global arena. 

Programs and departments 
receiving more than 
$200,000 in sponsored 
research funding during 
fiscal year 1998-98 are: 

The Heller Graduate School 

Rosenstiel Basic Medical 

Sciences Research Center 






Computer Science 

Student Enrichment Services 


Cohen Center for 

Modern Jewish Studies 

Women's Studies 























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Highlights of Fiscal 
Year 1999 

Fiscal year 1999 concluded 
the fifth straight year of 
increased giving to the 
University. Total cash gifts 
increased from $24.3 million 
in fiscal year 1995 to 
$43.5 million this past 
year, representing an 
increase of 79 percent. 












' Alumni giving increased 
from $3.4 million to 
$6.0 million in the same 
period, 1995-99, an increase 
of 76 percent. 

' At the same time the total 
dollars increased, alumni 
participation increased from 
22 to 36 percent. 

' Foundations and 
corporations giving from 
1995 to 1999 grew from 
$4.5 million in 1995 to 
$13.3 million in 1999. 

' Parents giving grew from 
$172,450 m 1995 to 
$743,633 in 1999, which is 
more than triple over five 

The Class of 1964 Reunion 
gift IS the first time a class 
established a fully endowed 
scholarship for $600,000. 
Gift Committee members 
for the 35th Reunion were 
Ellen Lasher Kaplan, Myra 
Hiatt Kraft, Leonard Miller, 
and Lewis Serbin. 

17 1999 President's Report 

Corporations and 
Foundations, FY 1998-99 

New Grants* Received in FY 99 
The Rice Family 
Foundation of New York 
awarded Brandeis 
University $500,000 in 
support of the Brandeis 
International Fellows 
Program at the International 
Center for Ethics, Justice 
and Public Life over five 
years. The Rice Family 
Foundation grant supports 
the International Ethics 
Center's mission by 
enabling it to foster greater 
understanding and the cause 
of peace in divided 
communities and nations 
around the world. 

Procter & Gamble of 

Cincinnati, Ohio, renewed 
its support of the Graduate 
Program in Bioorganic 
Chemistry by awarding 
Brandeis a four-year 
$400,000 grant. Procter & 
Gamble funds will provide 
graduate fellowships in the 
bioorganic chemistry 

The Howard Hughes 
Medical Institute |HHMI) 
made grants to Brandeis 
University totaling some 
$1,567,000 in fiscal year 
1999. HHMI's support 
included funding for an 
undergraduate science 
education program 
($300,0001, the renovation 
of Assistant Professor of 
Biochemistry and Howard 
Hughes Medical Institute 
Assistant Investigator 
Melissa Moore's laboratory 
space ($980,000), 
unrestricted funding in 
recognition of graduate 
student work and library 
support of the HHMI 
laboratories on campus 
($137,000), and partial 
funding for the purchase of 
a new nuclear magnetic 
resonance (NMR) 
spectrometer ($150,000). 

The Ford Foundation 

awarded Brandeis a three- 
year, $300,000 grant for the 
Transitional Year Program 
(TYP). This prestigious 
grant will help establish 
tutoring services for TYP 
students, revise and update 
TYP teaching guidelines, 
improve TYP facilities and 
augment TYP faculty 
salaries, and create a TYP 
alumni network. 

Ongoing Grants That Provided 
Support* in FY 99 
The David and Lucile 
Packard Foundation 

provided $250,000 to 
Brandeis in 1998-99 for two 
Packard Fellowships, held 
by Assistant Professor of 
Biochemistry and Howard 
Hughes Medical Institute 
Assistant Investigator 
Melissa Moore and 
Professor of Neurobiology 
and Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems Piali 
Sengupta. These prestigious 
awards support the research 
of promising young faculty 
members in the sciences. 

The Alfred P. Sloan 
Foundation contributed 
some $350,000 to the 
University for the Sloan 
Center for Theoretical 
Neuroscience at the Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems. The 
Sloan Center helps to train 
postdoctoral researchers and 
graduate students in 
theoretical and 
experimental approaches to 

The German Academic 
Exchange Service (DAAD) 

provided$271,000 to the 
University for the 
continued operation of the 
Center for German and 
European Studies. The 
Center focuses on research 
and education organized 
according to three major 
themes: institutions, 
identity, and integration in 
the new Europe; diversity 
and conflict resolution in 
the new Europe; and 

German and European 
culture, with special 
emphasis on the renaissance 
of Jewish life in Germany 
and the new Europe. 

Hadassah, the Women's 
Zionist Organization, 

provided some $226,000 to 
the University for the 
ongoing activities of the 
International Research 
Institute for Jewish Women. 

Sponsored Program Grants* 

Associate Professor of 
Biology Lawrence J. Wangh 
received $244,000 from 
Hamilton Thorne Research 
Associates for a feasibility 
study for a project in 
molecular biology. Gregory 
A. Petsko, the Gyula and 
Katica Tauber Professor of 
Biochemistry and director of 
the Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center, received $232,499 
from the Ellison Medical 
Foundation for a study of 
how cells die in Alzheimer's 
and other neurodegenerative 

At The Heller Graduate 
School, Associate Professor 
and Director of the Center 
for Human Resources Susan 
Curnan received $425,000 
from the DeWitt Wallace 
Reader's Digest Fund for the 
Summer Transitions 
program. Alan Melchior 
received $218,895 from the 
GE Fund for the evaluation 
of the College Bound 
program. Leonard Saxe, 
adjunct research professor 
and director of the Cohen 
Center for Modern Jewish 
Studies, received $418,396 
from the Robert Wood 
Johnson Foundation for the 
national evaluation of the 
Fighting Back program. The 
Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation also provided 
$629,781 to Stuart H. 
Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin 
Professor of National 
Health Policy for a Council 

on the Economic Impact of 
Health System Change and 
$3,560,079 to Catherine 
Dunham for the National 
Access to Care Initiative. 
Associate Professor and 
Director of the National 
Policy Center on Women 
and Aging Phyllis 
Mutschler received 
$200,000 from an 
anonymous foundation for 
the National Policy and 
Resource Center on Women 
and Aging, which she 

•of $200,000 or more 

Seattle's Dean of 
Philanthropy Joins Board 
of Trustees 

Althea and Samuel Stroum 

1 8 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis, New England's 
Only Winner of 
NSF Grant, to Link 
Neuroscience and 
Computational Theory 

A new mulnmillion-doUar 
National Science 
Foundation (NSF) grant will 
continue unique 
collaborations between 
neuroscientists and 
computational theorists at 
Brandeis, and maintain the 
strength of the University's 
pre- and postdoctoral 
programs in the rising field 
of computational biology. 
Brandeis is the only 
institution in New England 
to receive funds this year 
from NSF's Integrative 
Graduate Education and 
Research Training (IGERT) 
program, which supports 
interdisciplinary training 
for graduate students. 

Brandeis will receive $2.7 
million over five years, say 
neuroscientists and grant 
codirectors Eve Marder and 
Laurence Abbott. The funds 
will advance the studies of 
approximately 1 1 graduate 
students annually, and a 
smaller number of 
undergraduates and 
postdoctoral researchers, in 
computational biology — a 
field that probes biological 
systems with c]uantitative 
methods more commonly 
used by theoretical 
physicists, computer 
scientists, and 

Computational biology is 
"an exciting and rapidly 
growing field," says Abbott, 
a physicist-turned- 
biologist. The know-how of 
computational scientists 

can do much to clarify the 
complex networks of 
chemical and cellular 
signals that many cell 
biologists seek to untangle, 
and can bring new light to 
neuroscientists' efforts to 
map out the network of 
neurons whose electrical 
signals drive our actions 
and behaviors. The benefits 
of computational 
approaches may also spill 
over into genetic and 
molecular biology research 
at Brandeis. 

Abbott, the Nancy Lurie 
Marks Professor of 
Neuroscience and director 
of Brandeis's Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, and 
Marder, the Victor and 

Samuel N. Stroum, the 
president of Samuel Stroum 
Enterprises (a personal 
investment firm), and a 
well-known philanthropist 
and civic leader in Seattle, 
has been elected to the 
Brandeis University Board 
of Trustees. 

Stroum served as a 
University Regent at the 
University of Washington 
for 13 years from 1985 to 
1998. He brings to Brandeis 
his many years of 
experience in University 
finance, endowment, 
development, real estate, 
budgeting, and strategic 
planning matters. 

Born and raised in Waltham, 
Stroum settled in Seattle 
after military service and 
rose from being a salesman 
to become the founder of an 
electronics distribution 
firm, ALMAC/Stroum 
Electronics, which he built 
into the leading industrial 
electronics distributor in 
the Pacific Northwest. His 
true genius lay in his ability 
to spot potential emerging 
companies and nurture their 
growth. Among them were 
Egghead, Inc., Digital, and 
Starbucks. Following his 
unusual business success, 
he began his legendary 
career as a philanthropist. 

In 1997, Stroum was 
awarded an honorary 
doctorate from Brandeis for 
his philanthropic work. 
Brandeis President lehuda 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, said 
the University is "honored 

to have a man of Sam 
Stroum's character, 
generosity, talent, vision, 
and dedication join the 
Brandeis family." 

Stroum said he took on this 
new role because he 
believes "Brandeis is an 
institution of outstanding 
quality with an amazing 
story where I believe I can 
make a contribution." He 
added that he has "a warm 
feeling for the community, 
the campus, and the people 
at Brandeis and in my 
hometown of Waltham." 

Gwendolyn Beinfield 
Professor of Neuroscience 
and also a member of the 
Volen Center, will lead 18 
faculty members from six 
academic departments 
participating in the NSF 
grant. The funds build upon 
support the Volen Center 
received in 1994 from the 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 
establishing one of just five 
Sloan Centers for 
Theoretical Neurobiology 
nationwide. Marder and 
Abbott say the Sloan 
support did much to bring 
computational scientists 
into biology labs, a process 
that continues with the new 
funding from NSF. 

"This new funding is a way 
for us to extend the work 
begun five years ago with 
the Sloan Foundation's 
support," says Marder, who 
has long sought to integrate 
computational scientists 
into neuroscience. "We're 
very pleased that those 
efforts will continue under 
the IGERT grant." 

While many institutions 
segregate computational 
scientists and biologists in 
separate buildings, the 
Volen Center physically 
integrates the theorists into 
the labs of neuroscientists 
and other biologists. The 
graduate fellows supported 
by the IGERT grant will 
have two faculty advisors, 
one a theorist and one an 

This is the second year that 
NSF has sponsored IGERT 
grants, intended to produce 
scientists and engineers 
who are well prepared for a 
broad spectrum of emerging 
career opportunities in 
industry, government, and 

19 1999 President's Report 

Brandeis Receives 
$2 Million for Jewish 
Youth Education 

Brandeis Honors 
Detroit Couple 

Brandeis University has 
received $2.25 million from 
the Andrea and Charles 
Bronfman Philanthropies for 
a new mstitute to 
strengthen the field of 
informal Jewish youth 

The mission of the Institute 
for Informal Jewish 
Education (IJE) is threefold: 
to provide innovative 
professional development 
and consultation to 
informal educators and their 
organizations, to support 
the creation of exciting, 
relevant youth education 
programs that can be 
reproduced in communities 
across the country, and to 
conduct new research on 
Jewish teens. 

"The North American Jewish 
community is on the verge 
of a Jewish renaissance," 
said Charles Bronfman at 
the official launch of the 
institute. "The excitement 
is real. The anticipation is 
evident. We are confident 
that this new institute will 
be a significant player, as 
the world of informal 
Jewish education 
wholeheartedly accepts 
these challenges." The 
event, held in October, was 
attended by Trustees and 

friends of the University 
including Steve Grossman, 
chair of the Board of 
Trustees, Myra '64 and 
Robert Kraft, Sara and Axel 
Schupf, and Henry and Lois 

Informal educational 
experiences "are powerful 
motivators for young people 
to choose to remain Jews," 
said Institute Director 
Joseph Reimer. "Genesis, 
the program for Jewish 
teens at Brandeis, has been 
enormously successful in 
strengthening young 
people's bonds to Judaism. 
We'd like to see more 
programs like it across the 

Trips to Israel are another 
approach to fostering Jewish 
identity among young 
people. As an example, 
Michelle Sternthal '00 
spoke of her experience 
with the Bronfman Youth 
Fellowship in Israel. She 
said It taught her to value 
Jewish pluralism and 
tolerance. "I want to spend 

Jehuda Remhaiz and 
Charles Bronfman 

my life promoting [these 
values] in the Jewish 
community," said Sternthal. 

The IJE will collaborate 
with the Acharai Institutes 
at Brandeis to provide 
professionals and lay people 
with the knowledge and 
skills needed to advocate 
more effectively for the 
Israel experience. 

'The institute will pay 
particular attention to 
providing educational 
programs for youth 
professionals who are 
already working in the 
field," said Reimer. "But we 
also want to attract new 
people. People who had 
great experiences with 
informal education and 
hadn't considered it as a 
career choice." A common 
complaint of Jewish youth 
educators is the lack of 
career options and high 
burnout associated with the 
field. "We hope to change 
that," said Reimer. 

"The Jewish community 
spends a lot of money 
surveying adults, but it 
spends almost no money on 
research about people under 
18. The extensive study of 
Jewish teens we are now 
conducting is a very strong 
start to what we hope will 
lead to a renaissance in this 
field," added Reimer. 

Reimer, Susanne Shavelson, 
assistant director of the IJE, 
and Lauren Tishler Mindlin, 
director of the Acharai 
Institutes, will work in 
partnership with educators 
and communal 
organizations to design, 
test, and evaluate new 
programs in informal Jewish 
education to be used as 
possible models in 
communities across the 

Pearl and George "Mike" 
Zeltzer have been named 
fellows of Brandeis 
University. At a recent 
ceremony, the couple was 
honored for their work with 
the National Women's 
Committee of which Pearl 
Zeltzer is a life-long 

Active in many Jewish 
communal organizations 
including Hadassah, Ort, 
the Detroit Jewish Welfare 
Federation, and the Detroit 
Institute for the Arts, Pearl 
Zeltzer is also a registered 
nurse. She has worked at 
Detroit Osteopathic 
Fiospital and the Borman 
Jewish Home for the Aged. 

Mike Zeltzer has worked as 
an attorney, businessman, 
and bank president. He has 
also held positions in the 
Detroit Jewish Welfare 
Federation, United Jewish 
Hebrew Schools, and the 
Sholem Aleichem Institute. 

The Zeltzers are also 
recognized for their 
contribution to Jewish 
culture. Together they 
established the Pearl 
Zeltzer Choreography 
Endowment as well as 
Jewish Cultural Annual 
Achievement Awards. 

In accepting the honor, the 
Zeltzers said their main 
interest at Brandeis is "to 
create an opportunity to 
ensure that Brandeis will 
always stay on the cutting 
edge of technology." 

20 Brandeis Review 

Mike and Pearl Zeltzei 

Many people get their first 
exposure to Brandeis at one 
of the Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee's 25 legendary 
annual used book sales in 
cities around the country or 
our used book stores in 
Boston, Miami, Boca Raton, 
and Phoenix. This poster, 
produced by the National 
Women's Committee for us 
stores and sales, will make 
that connection even 
clearer. The Brandeis "Book 
Business," started more 
than 40 years ago with the 
first used book sales in 
Boston and on Chicago's 
North Shore, raises 
approximately $400,000 a 
year for the Brandeis 
Libraries. The most recent 
addition is a rare book 
catalog, available on line at, or by 
calling 781-736-4160. 

N o 1^^ S u s i n e s % 

by John McGauley 

the new millennium, the fall of managed economies, and the rise 

between policy, economics, and politics. 


anyone who buys stocks, trades 
through the Internet, has a pension 
fund, purchases consumer goods, or 
travels overseas while attending 
college, the international economy is 
no abstraction. When your mutual 
fund plummets because of the Asian 
Flu. or your company relocates 
"offshore." then the meaning of 
"international economy" becomes very 

Few people realize this great 
commercial sea change more than 
Peter Petri, the founding dean of 
Brandeis's new Graduate School of 
International Economics and Finance. 
An inspection of his passport, and the 
recitation of his travel schedule well 
illustrate that the world has shrunk to 
the size of a cellular phone, laptop 
computer, and coach-class seats to 
Tokyo, London, Paris, and Beijing. 
Political borders may still matter, but 
commercial borders have ceased to 
exist. Capital moves around the world 
at the speed of light, literally. 

That is the driving force behind an 
ambitious academic initiative at 
Brandeis, the establishment of a 
graduate school to educate those who 
are — and will be — managing the 
commerce of the new millennium. The 
Graduate School of International 
Economics and Finance was 
established five years ago and offers 
four degree programs for 160 
students, including a new M.B.A. with 
a specialization in international affairs, 
a master's and doctoral program in 
international economics and finance, 
and a master of science in finance. 
Taken together, GSIEF, as it is 
known, makes up one of the most 
innovative international business 
education programs in the United 
States, one that combines highly 
defined academic rigor with career 
placement opportunities at some of 
the most prominent international 
organizations and most successful 
worldwide corporations, thus providing 
the two ingredients that can separate 
those who flourish in this global 
economy from those who simply are 
manipulated by it: knowledge and 

"We've targeted a new niche in 
professional education — the 
burgeoning opportunities created by 
the globalization of economic activity," 
explains Petri, Carl J. Shapiro 
Professor of International Finance. 

"Foreign exchange transactions have 
grown 100 times since the 1970s. The 
United States is twice as dependent 
on international trade as it was in the 
1960s, Every company now has to 
constantly think of its competitive 
position in an international context." 

The school was the brainchild of Petri 
and capitalized on a special 
confluence of academic expertise 
already in existence at Brandeis — 
economics and finance experts with 
specializations in international 
matters. Its germination was back in 
the years 1990 to 1992, when the 
American economy was rudely 
awakened by aggressive competition 
from Japan and Europe. It was a time 
when industry in the United States 
had come to realize that its products 
were no longer world leaders, and that 
other countries had captured the 
initiative in innovation and market 
development. Today, most nations 
participate in business without 
borders, the complexity of global 
business is ever increasing, and the 
tenets behind GSIEF are in more 
demand than ever. Knowledge and 
the ability to analyze and understand 
complex political, economic, financial, 
and legal and regulatory environments 
supersede all other skills if one is to 
successfully operate in a global 

"There's nothing quite like it," Petri 
says of the school. "The closest is 
INSEAD, the famous international 
business school in France, where only 
20 percent of the students and faculty 
are French. The location means little. 
It's the international focus that makes 
the difference for the students. We 
believe we're on the verge of doing 
the same thing here in the United 
States. The world needs people with 
this kind of education and training." 

Indeed. 40 countries are represented. 
All students complete a semester at 
one of 21 distinguished business 
school overseas — consistently one of 
the most meaningful and enduring 
experiences that students have, 
according to a long list of alumni now 
in the work world. The other is 
learning from each other. "Students 
are from France, Germany, Ukraine, 
Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, 
India, Pakistan, Finland, and Africa," 
observes Israeli student Effy Bitter. 
"I learn more just by talking to fellow 
students than I could through any 
textbook. With the world becoming so 
globalized, understanding the different 
cultures and mentalities has become 

a desired asset. It lends an incredible 
range of depth and perspective to 
classwork and to the comprehension 
of global events," says the second- 
year B.A./M.A. student. (These 
students spend four years as 
Brandeis undergraduates and a year 
at GSIEF.) 

Many business and management 
schools have adopted an international 
flavor in the last decade. Brandeis, 
though, is among the small number of 
intellectually rigorous programs that 
place international business at the 
heart of the entire curriculum, much 
along the lines of the University of 
Chicago. The school is also selective, 
admitting just 80 students a year. 
Taken together, the faculty comprises 
some of the world's leading experts 
on Asian economies and U.S. 
competitiveness and includes world- 
renowned authorities on international 
business, exchange rates, trade, 
patents, and technology. There are 
also professors who manage millions 
in investments, oversee the legal 
needs of international businesses, 
and advise major governments on 
economic policy. Seasoned 
professionals from New York and 
Boston's business, financial, and legal 
communities contribute expertise as 
adjunct professors. 

"In many graduate schools a student 
can complete all the requirements for 
graduate degrees in economics or 
business without taking a single 
course that deals with the 
international dimension. At Brandeis, 
international trade, finance, and 
business are an essential part of the 
curriculum," says Rachel McCulloch, 
Rosen Family Professor of 
International Finance and director of 
GSIEF's Ph.D. program. 

Also, GSIEF's location in the Greater 
Boston area gives the program, its 
faculty, and students a sharper edge. 
"To excel in Boston means you're able 
to compete with any of the best 
schools in the United States," says 

Typical of GSIEF's curriculum is the 
course International Portfolio 
Management, which introduces 
students to such complex areas as 
asset allocation, currency 
management, and derivative 
strategies, arcane-sounding concepts 
that become all-important to success 
or failure on the international 

23 1999 President's Report 

monetary exchanges. Students also 
pore over topics such as underwriting 
agreements, default risk, inventory 
management, asset-backed lending, 
exposure management, and a range 
of other complicated subjects. For 
international monetary managers, 
these are subjects as basic and 
necessary as anatomy and biology to 
the physician. 

Characteristic of the mature, 
somewhat experienced student that 
GSIEF seeks out is Effy Ritter, who 
served as a banking officer in the 
Israeli Air Force before coming to 
Brandeis. She has completed 
internships at Merrill Lynch and the 
Economic Resource Group and 
declares the Brandeis faculty 
"amazing. There is a lot of hands-on 
work. Faculty members are great 
about teaching cash flows and 
estimating the value of a firm, but 
they're also great about bringing in 
practitioners who make it all seem 

Susanne Pilla, an American student 
who speaks Spanish, Russian, 
French, Japanese, and Italian, says 
she chose the program because she 
"didn't want just another cookie-cutter 
M.B.A. program." She feels the 
foreign language requirement and 
international coursework will help her 
distinguish herself from graduates of 
other schools. The program's small 
size also allows it to respond to 
events and changing conditions 
around the world. "Unlike other 
schools, we update our curriculum 
every year," Petri says, "We can 
address a major development like the 
Daimler/Chrysler merger only two 
weeks after it takes place. We can 
also develop new courses very rapidly 
that address fast-breaking issues and 
leading-edge technologies, from 
hedge fund management to the 
restructuring of the Asian economy." 
(GSIEF students did analyze the 
merger of Daimler Benz/Chrysler and 
presented their recommendations to 
key players from the actual merger. 
They all declared that the Brandeis 
students pretty much got it right.) 

New courses this year include Global 
Financial Architecture, developed in 
response to the many questions 
raised by recent financial crises in 
international markets, and Birth of the 
Euro, which explores current issues in 
European economic integration. 

"The financial crises over the last few 
years in Europe, Mexico, Asia, 
Russia, and Brazil led a group of 
faculty members to develop a module 
or half-semester course on global 
financial architecture. This course 
explores the current structure of 
international finance and policies 
affecting it to see if things should be 
done differently," GSIEF Professor 
Blake LeBaron explains. "The course 
is team taught and covers history, 
exchange rate mechanisms, lender of 
last resort, contagion, and safety nets. 
Regardless of whether our students 
are headed for policy-making 
institutions or multinational 
corporations, they'll need to 
understand these things when they 

The marketplace is responding to 
Brandeis's new school. Numerous 
prestigious corporations recruit from 
GSIEF, including AT&T, Andersen 
Consulting, Chase Manhattan Bank, 
Bankers Trust, Bear Stearns, Morgan 
Stanley, Paine Webber, and non-U. S. 
financial institutions of Union Bank of 
Switzerland, Sumitomo Bank, Toyota. 
Also, GSIEF graduates work at public 
sector institutions such as The World 
Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. 
Federal Reserve Banks, the Ministry 
of International Trade and Industry in 
Japan, and the International Monetary 

"A critical success factor in developing 
tomorrow's managers is the creation 
of an environment that fosters an 
understanding of the complexities, as 
well as the nuances, that exist in a 
business world without borders. 
GSIEF students embody the 
international and academic 
backgrounds that companies with a 
global business seek to engage," says 
Alfred Zeien, chair of the board and 
CEO of The Gillette Company. 

Zeien reflects the sentiments of other 
influential commercial leaders, 
industrialists, and public policy 
directors who have chosen GSIEF as 
a venue in which to speak to students. 
Among others are Li Dayou, Chinese 
ambassador to the United States; 
Sumner Redstone, chair of Viacom; 
Marshall Carter, CEO of State Street 
Bank & Trust Company; and Senator 
John Kerry of Massachusetts. 

Petri admits there is much work ahead 
for GSIEF. For one, it must better 
compete with some of the best 
management schools in the world — 
places such as Harvard, MIT, 

In 10 short years, GSIEF's alumni 
have risen in the ranks of the 
world's premier financial service 
and consulting firms, multinational 
corporations, and international 
organizations. Two of the school's 
first Ph.D.s have taken up positions 
with the IMF, a sort of "Supreme 
Court clerkship" in international 

The GSIEF network of founding 
alumni, overseers, and friends, 
from Washington to Wall Street and 
financial centers around the world, 
have strengthened every aspect of 
the school and its curriculum— and 
provide a new way for alumni at the 
intersection of policy, politics, and 
business to reconnect to the 

Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago, 
and Michigan. That's a formidable 
task, for those schools have century- 
long traditions of strong networks in 
industry and commerce, as well as 
substantial "war chests" in terms of 
endowments. Still, Petri feels 
Brandeis is up for the challenge. "We 
feel that we've carved out a very 
meaningful niche at which we excel, 
and for which there will be a strong 
demand in the years to come. Our 
philosophy is to knit academic rigor 
with commercial applicability." 

Apparently that philosophy is working. 
Although only a mere five years old at 
the change of the century, GSIEF is 
plotting a strategy to turn the 
heretofore unchallenged niche 
leader — Thunderbird, a graduate 
business school in Arizona, not to 
mention the powerhouses across the 
Charles River. "Our job is still ahead 
of us, but we've built up a tremendous 
momentum in a very short time," Petri 
says. "Ours is a perfect combination 
of a world-class university inventing 
an upstart business school whose 
time has come." ■ 

John McGauley Is president of 
Gehrung Associates, a public 
relations firm in Keene. New 
Hampstiire. which specializes in 
representing colleges and universities. 

24 Brandeis Review 


Pictured (left and second from right) are Ira Shapiro '69,1, 
a partner at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott who 
specializes in international trade and was a key 
negotiator In the NAFTA Uruguay Round, and McKlnsey 
& Company Director Larry Kanarek '76. Kanarek and 
Shapiro are two of the School's Overseers leading a 
broad-based strategic effort to put GSIEF on the map — 
right next to Thunderbird, South Carolina, and 
Wharton — as a top-of-the-niche player in global 
business education. 

Caroline Kollau, Ph.D. '99, (second from left) developed 
and taught Birth of the Euro at GSIEF and is now the 
International Monetary Fund's Euro watcher. Andrea 
Dore '98 (right) Is a Fulbright scholar from St. Lucia who 
is now in Treasury Operations at The World Bank. Both 
are GSIEF alumnae. 

Silicon Valley 

Stephanie Schear '90 is a Brandeis economics honors 
student who went on to become one of the pioneering 
Lemberg students. With a recent Goldman Sachs IPO, 
her Internet drugstore, PlanetRx, is a "dot com" 
success story. Her advice to GSIEF students interested 
in becoming entrepreneurs? "Take risks, be bold. It 
doesn't matter if you fail — everyone in Silicon Valley has 
learning scars." And those fish in the background? 
"They're piranhas," says Schear, "they symbolize our 
aggressiveness." Stephanie recently conducted a 
merger of a more personal sort— she and Eric Tilenius, 
himself an entrepreneur and the founder of 
Netcentives — were married in September. 

Wall Street 

Shown on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange are 
(center, left and right) GSIEF Overseers George T. Lowy, 
a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who specializes in 
international mergers and acquisitions, and Theodor 
Schmidt-Scheuber, chairman. North Hampton Partners, 
who built Dresdner Bank's investment business in the 
United States and Japan. Brandeis alumni and founding 
entrepreneurs Sundar Subramanian '88 (second from 
left), Cambridge Technology Ventures, and Andrew 
Klein '82 (far right), WIT Capital, have between them 
three companies now trading on NASDAQ — Wit Capital 
being the first to go public on the Internet. 

GSIEF alumni (remaining left to right) Wang Zheng '96, 
David Bukovac '96, John Morris '92 (president, GSIEF 
Alumni Association, New York), and Rob Brown '89 are 
senior managers, analysts, traders, and consultants at 
J. P. Morgan, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Global Fixed 
Income Arbitrage, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 

25 1999 President's Report 

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core mission of concern for society s underdogs, 
ler School's 40th-year focus is on the working poor. 
Dentation to that issue Is provided in this introduction 

by Heller's dean, Jack Shonkoff, and an essay 
by Heller Professor Robert Reich. 


'ince its founding in 1959, The Heller 
Graduate School has blended 
academic excellence with a social 
mission. As the first professional 
school at Brandeis, it has embodied 
the core values of social justice and 
concern for human dignity that 
marked the character and career of 
the distinguished jurist whose name 
we carry. In this spirit, The Heller 
School focuses on the promotion of 
human health and well-being, with 
particular attention to those who are 
most vulnerable as a result of 
economic Insecurity, illness or 
disability, or discrimination based on 
race, ethnicity, gender, age (elderly or 

young), or sexual orientation. 
Graduates of our Ph.D. program in 
social policy, M.B.A. (human services) 
and M.M. programs in health and 
human services, and M.A. program in 
sustainable international development 
combine technical expertise and a 
strong sense of mission in preparation 
for leadership positions in public and 
private sector settings as well as in 

This fall. The Heller School marked its 
40th anniversary with a gala alumni 
reunion and a substantive 
symposium, "The Working Poor: Our 
Unfinished Agenda." The goal of this 
event was to reaffirm the School's 
core mission by focusing public 
attention on the real and important 
struggles of those who are working 
hard yet having difficulty making ends 
meet, and who remain relatively 
invisible in American society. At a time 

of unprecedented prosperity, with a 
growing gap between the "haves" and 
the "have-nots," The Heller School 
remains steadfast in its concern for 
the "underdog." In its research centers 
and its classrooms. Heller faculty, 
students, and staff seek greater 
understanding of contemporary 
threats to human development in 
order to craft new policies and 
practices that promote health and 
well-being for all. 

— Jack Shonkoff, Dean of The Heller 
School and Samuel F. and Rose B. 
GIngold Professor of Human 


'hen during his 1992 presidential 
bid Bill Clinton vowed to "end welfare 
as we know it" by moving people "from 
welfare to work," he presumably did 
not have in mind the legislation he 
signed into law in August of 1996. The 
original idea had been to smooth the 
passage from welfare to work with 
guaranteed health care, child care, job 
training, and a job paying enough to 
live on. If there were no such job in 
the private market, the government 

of Welfare 

and the Working Poor 

by Robert B. Reich 

would provide one. As a result — 
according to this original plan — former 
welfare recipients would gain dignity 
and independence, and society as a 
whole would have the benefit of their 

The 1996 legislation contained none 
of these supports — no health care or 
child care for people coming off 
welfare, no job training, no assurance 
of a job paying a liveable wage, nor, 
for that matter, of a job at any wage. 
In effect, what was dubbed welfare 
"reform" merely ended the promise of 

help to the indigent and their children 
which Franklin D. Roosevelt had 
initiated more than 30 years before. 
From now on, the federal government 
would provide state governments a 
sum of money considerably less than 
the amount the government previously 
had spent on welfare: the states could 
do virtually whatever they wished with 
it, so long as they moved people off 
welfare within two years, and ensured 
that no one received more than five 
years worth of support during their 
lifetime. Instead of smoothing the 
transition from welfare to work, then, 
the new law simply demanded that 
people get off welfare. 

Now, in the fall of 1999, the White 
House claims that the 1996 welfare 
bill has been a huge success — based 
on the large number of people who 
have been removed from state 
welfare rolls since then. But the sad 
truth is that we have no way of 
knowing how many of these people 
are in permanent jobs paying a living 
wage, or are in temporary jobs paying 
so little that they have to double up 
with other family members and leave 
their children home alone during the 
day, or are living on the street. And 

27 1999 President's Report 

we may never know, even after the 
economy slides into recession, and 
ranks of the unemployed begin to 
grow once again. All we do know is 
that even in the seventh year of an 
unusually long economic expansion, 
the ranks of the very poor have not 
diminished. More of them are working, 
to be sure, but they are no less poor 
than they were before. At best, they 
have moved from being poor and on 
welfare, to being poor and working. 

The good news is that the American 
economy apparently can run at lower 
levels of unemployment without 
risking inflation, than anyone had 
assumed several years ago. Even 
better: There is new evidence from 
many locales where unemployment is 
under three percent that employers 
are so desperate to find workers that 
they are actively recruiting and 
training people who previously had 
been only marginally connected to the 
labor market. While low interest rates 
and tight labor markets do not offer a 
solution to the problem of moving 
large numbers of people from welfare 
to work, they are a critical component. 
The bad news is that, in the longer 
term, the movement of millions of 

welfare recipients into the labor 
market will either displace millions of 
poor people from the jobs they 
already have, or will drive down the 
wages of all lower-income people, or, 
more likely, do some of both. The 
economist Robert Solow estimates 
that a one-percent increase in the 
demand for labor will require a two or 
three percent decline in real wages 
overall. Most of that burden will fall on 
low-wage workers who have been 
employed all along. 

Why, then, did the president agree to 
sign this bill? Although I was a 
member of the president's cabinet at 
the time — I even attended the 
penultimate cabinet meeting before he 
made his decision — I cannot tell you 
with certainty. Perhaps it was because 
he thought it was about as good a 
deal as he could get from a 
Republican-controlled Congress. 
Previously, the Republicans had 
forwarded to him two other bills, even 
more punitive than this one, and he 
had vetoed them both. Undoubtedly 
the president wanted to fulfill his 
campaign pledge, and the clock was 
running out on his first term in office. 
Yet this cannot be the whole 
explanation, because the president 
could have vetoed the Republican bill 
for a third time, and then, during the 
1996 presidential campaign. 

highlighted the differences between 
the Republicans punitive approach to 
eliminating the dole and Clinton's 
own, more humane approach. Were 
he re-elected, Clinton could then claim 
an electoral mandate to reform 
welfare on his terms. 

The more likely explanation is that 
Clinton dared not veto the third bill. 
Although opinion polls had him then a 
full 20 points ahead of his challenger, 
Robert Dole, then the majority leader 
of the Senate, Clinton's pollsters 
warned him that if he did not sign this 
time. Dole would charge that the 
President was not really in favor of 
reforming what everyone knew to be a 
deeply flawed welfare system, and 
that Clinton's 20-point margin would 
thus erode. 

In short, being "tough" on welfare was 
more popular than being correct about 
welfare. The pledge Clinton had made 
in 1992, to "end welfare as we know 
it" and "move people from welfare to 
work," had fudged the issue. Was this 
toughness or compassion? It 
depended on how the words were 
interpreted. Once elected, Clinton had 
two years in office with a Congress 

Robert B. Reich is 
University Professor and 
Maurice B. Hexter 
Professor of Social and 
Economic Policy at 
Brandeis's Heller School. 
He served as U.S. 
Secretary of Labor during 
Bill Clinton's first term as 

controlled by Democrats, but, 
revealingly, did not, during those 
years, forward to Congress a bill to 
move people from welfare to work 
with all the necessary supports, 
because he feared he could not justify 
a reform that would, in fact, cost more 
than the welfare system it was 
intended to replace. The public would 
not see this as being sufficiently 
"tough" on welfare. Then the 
Republicans took control of Congress 
and showed their toughness 
unambiguously. Now, months before 
the 1996 election, Clinton feared that 
voters would be attracted to Robert 
Dole, were Clinton demonstrably 
weaker on welfare than the 
Republicans. It was a risk Clinton did 
not want to take. 

But this political explanation only 
displaces the question. The president 
may have been risk-averse, to a fault. 
But why had the public become so 
hostile to welfare by 1996 that failing 
to appear sufficiently "tough" on it 
posed such a large political risk in the 
first place? 

It is possible, of course, that the 
growing prosperity of middle and 
upper-middle income Americans has 
led them to more readily accept Social 
Darwinist notions that the fittest 
survive in the market, and those who 
do not make it have only their own 
shiftlessness to blame. But it seems 
equally plausible that prosperity in the 
middle and upper reaches of a society 
would result in greater generosity 
toward the poor. After all, that seems 
to have been the pattern in the 1960s. 

A more likely explanation for the 
public's growing hostility to welfare is 
found in what has happened to the 
lower-middle and working classes in 
America during the course of the last 
two decades. Since the late 1970s, 
the incomes of the bottom fifth of 
American families dropped by almost 
10 percent in real terms, and families 
in the next-to-poorest fifth 
experienced a drop of three to five 
percent. The median income, which 
had steadily risen in the three 
decades after World War II, stopped 
growing altogether. The strong 
expansion America has enjoyed 

during the 1990s has barely restored 
the median to its inflation-adjusted 
level of 1989. 

This downward trend in the family 
incomes of the bottom 40 percent is 
all the more remarkable, and 
disturbing, for the fact that since the 
late 1970s women have been entering 
the American workforce in great 
numbers. Most entered not because 
new opportunities were open to them 
but because they had little choice but 
to work if they were to prop up family 
incomes, given the rapid decline in the 
wages of male workers with only high 
school degrees. Today, in fact, most 
American women with young children 
are working. Many of them are 
struggling to make ends meet. They 
cannot afford adequate day care. A 
significant, and growing, percentage 
of them has no health insurance. 

The reality of a large and growing 
number of working poor in America 
thus rendered the continuance of 
welfare politically untenable. The 
question was never asked explicitly in 
public, but it surely hung in the air: 
Why should a group of mothers who 
did not work be able to claim benefits 
unavailable to an increasing number 
of women — only marginally better off 
than welfare recipients — who did 
work? That a highly visible portion of 
welfare beneficiaries (although not a 
majority) was black or Hispanic surely 
aggravated the perception of 
unfairness. Being "tough" on welfare 
thus seemed to be a matter of 
imposing discipline on a group of 
people who are morally lax and 
undeserving, relative to the 
increasingly hard-pressed working 
women, and men, just above them. 

Nor, under these circumstances, did it 
make sense to talk about "welfare-to- 
work" in terms of special benefits for 
those who made the transition. To 
create a separate class of former 
welfare recipients entitled to child 
care, health care, worker training, and 
a guaranteed job — while denying 
these same benefits to the working 
poor who had not formerly been on 
welfare — would have been perceived 
as no less unfair. 

The only realistic alternative would 
have been — and still is, in my view — 
to make such benefits available to all 
people who are poor and working. 
There is ample precedent. In fact, 

programs designed to help poorer 
members of society who work enjoy 
significant popularity in the United 
States. The minimum wage, first 
enacted into law in 1938, continues to 
have wide public appeal. Indeed, 
opinion polls showed that an 
overwhelming percentage of the 
public favored raising the minimum 
wage in 1996, prompting Congress 
and the president to do so, at almost 
the same time that Congress and the 
president put an end to welfare. Also 
popular in the United States has been 
what is called the Earned Income Tax 
Credit — essentially a reverse income 
tax, which provides working people 
with a larger income supplement the 
lower the wage they earn. That these 
two programs are premised on work 
suggests that the American public 
also would be amenable to an 
expanded system of guaranteed work 
and additional supports in return for a 
commitment to work on the part of the 

Had Bill Clinton been willing to use up 
a great deal of his political capital and 
also risk the possibility of not being 
reelected, he might have been able to 
sell the American public on a fair and 
effective system for moving people 
from welfare into work. Future 
historians may well fault him on this 
score, but they should also 
understand what he was up against. 
For the true challenge of reforming 
welfare in the United States, as 
perhaps elsewhere, lies not so much 
in designing decent policies for the 
non-working poor as in amassing the 
political will to do what is decent for 
everyone who is poor or near poor — 
for those who work but remain poor, 
for those who are physically or 
emotionally unable to work, and also 
for a larger group of people who, while 
not destitute, are growing poorer and 
less economically secure with each 
passing year. ■ 

29 1999 President's Report 


Sitting quietly on New England's finest 

collection of 20th-century art, 

is poisedto make some far-reaching noise. 


fhat could make a man with a 
national reputation as a 19th- and 
20th-century American and European 
art history scholar. 19 years of 
experience as curator and director of 
a major university art museum, and, 
more importantly, a secure and stable 
job at a place he loves where he is 
respected and appreciated, leave that 
job and move half-way across the 
country to take over the directorship of 
an undersized, understaffed, 
underbudgeted, and underappreciated 
campus art museum? 

"I was interviewing for the Rose job," 
says Joseph Ketner, "and I walked 
through the building, which is kind of 
funky, reflecting that the budget was 
not going to make it, and that the 
position required a lot of 
housekeeping and managerial work. 
And I was sitting here shaking my 
head, thinking, 'Well, I'm just going to 
be polite.' Then they took me in the 
storage room and started pulling 
these works out, and my jaw hit the 
floor and I dragged it across the floor 
for a good half-hour, 45 minutes... 
screen after screen. I realized then, 

'This .is really a tremendous 
opportunity for a mid-career museum 
professional like me.'" 

Thus was Ketner seduced by a 
museum collection that, after his first 
12 months in the director's seat at the 
Rose, he is increasingly confident in 
calling "the largest, finest, and most 
comprehensive collection of 20th- 
century art in New England." Bar 

Architect Max Abramovitz created the 
Rose Art Museum in 1961 when the 
Rose family gave Brandeis's founding 
president, Abram Sachar, money to 
build a reception hall in which to 
house and display Mrs. Rose's 18th- 
century import china. The University 
then hired Sam Hunter, one of the hot, 
new, contemporary art curators who, 
with $50,000 from the Gevirtz- 
Mnuchin families, bought hot, new 
contemporary art. In the early days of 

Robert Motherwell 

Elegy to the Spanish 

Republic, No. 58, 1957-61 

Oil on canvas 

84 X 108 3/4 Inches 

Gift of Julian J. and Joachim 

Jean Aberbach, 1964.162 

the museum, six large glass cases of 
delicate 18th-century import china 
took center stage amid the newly 
acquired works of Warhol, 
Rosenquist, Rauchenberg, Jasper 
Johns, and others of their now-famous 
peers. Despite that odd combination 
of objects, however. Hunter was 
assiduously and astutely establishing 
the artistic identity of the institution as 
it exists today: acquiring 
contemporary art and exhibiting 
contemporary art. 

Subsequent directors William Seitz 
and, most recently, Carl Belz, who 
spent 27 years at the Rose, embraced 
Hunter's quest with equal fervor. 
Belz brought a lifelong commitment 
to the contemporary art scene 
and established close ties with area 
artists. He is also responsible 
for the museum's acquisition of the 
significant, 44-piece Herbert W. 
Plimpton Collection of Realist Art. 
The result is that the collection 
from 1961 forward is excellent, as, 
with uncommon discernment, 
Ketner's predecessors bought the 
art of the time. 

But the Rose's collection does not 
encompass only the last four decades 
of the 20th century. "The community 
that has supported Brandeis over the 
years has been very generous and 
endowed us with a very strong pre- 
1960s collection of art." explains 
Ketner. "So, essentially, the University 
collection, while having strengths and 
gaps, is the finest 20th-century 
collection in New England. It surveys 
modern and contemporary art over 
the last 100-plus years with excellent 
individual examples." 

Ketner, normally spare with 
superlatives, is being overly frugal 
here. What one finds in the Rose 
collection are not merely "excellent 
individual examples" but the 
examples — the ones used in art 
survey textbooks, examples one 
always assumed were owned by 
world-class museums such as the 
Museum of Modern Art or the 
Whitney. While many other 

31 1999 President's Report 

universities have excellent teaching 
collections — a teaching collection 
comprises representative examples ot 
various styles and by principal 
artists — the Rose owns extraordinary 
individual examples by many of the 
most important figures of the 20th 

Yet the Rose Art Museum, despite the 
magnificence of its collection, is far 
from being a household name, even in 
New England. Ketner had clearly not 
been aware of its scope from as far 
away as St. Louis where he had been 
the director of the Washington 
University Gallery of Art for the last 
nine years. Given a glimpse of what — 
literally — lay in store, Ketner was 
nearly hooked, but what clinched the 
move was the challenge. The 
elements were all there, the potential 
seemed explosive, and a renewed 
sense of old-time, Abe Sachar 
evangelism was in the offing. 

Ketner explains, "Part of the reason I 
was willing to take the chance with 
Brandeis — and remember, I had a 
stable job, I had transformed an 
institution, and we were building a big 
museum when I left — were [Brandeis 

President] Jehuda [Reinharz], 
[Executive Vice President and Chief 
Operating Officer] Peter French, and 
now [Chair of the Board of Trustees] 
Steve Grossman saying 'We're taking 
this Institution to the next level. We've 
had our 50th Anniversary. We've had 
a mixed history of financial stability 
and instability. But we're looking to a 
very solid future.' And they said, 'Do 
you want to do that with the Rose?' I 
love this sort of challenge. And when I 
saw the resources of the Rose 
collection, the exhibition program, and 
Brandeis as an academic institution, 
and I started trying to shape for myself 
the idea of what the Rose could 
become, I realized these three 
foundations can distinguish the Rose 
Art Museum in New England and in 
the larger cultural community. We can 
do great things. 

"The academic is a real key to me. For 
me the academics are the reason I'm 
in university museums and not in 
public museums. I think one of the 
qualities that Brandeis can bring to the 
larger community is academic 
programming or programming for the 
public at an academic level. This is 
something that, as I've looked back [to 
past exhibitions at the Rose], while 
they were great shows, they haven't 

always made the contribution to that 
educational mission of the University. 
We can do those things. That's 
something that other institutions 
around here can't, because they don't 
have the academic environment, or 
won't, because they're focused inward 
and not sharing with the larger 

Over the past year, Ketner has 
carefully tracked attendance at the 
Rose in an effort to understand the 
museum's puzzling anonymity. The 
collection is dazzling, and the exhibits 
of established and emerging 
contemporary artists have long been 
highly regarded by the Boston art 
community and well reviewed by the 
regional press. But what Ketner's data 
revealed was that fully 80 percent of 
the museum's visitors come when the 
Rose organizes some kind of 
program — a lecture, event, gallery 
talk, or reception. Ketner thereupon 
initiated "Thursdays at the Rose," 
providing a changing array of 
programs each week during the 
extended (until 9:00 pm) Thursday 
hours. That is merely his starting 
point. "I want to have 

Jasper Johns 
Drawer, 1957 
Encaustic and 
assemblage on canvas 
30 ^4 X 30 ^4 inches 
Purchase Fund, 1962.133 

32 Brandeis Review 

Morris Louis 
Numbers, 1961 
Acrylic on canvas 
95 X 31 inches 
Purchase Fund, 1962.134 

Robert Rauschenberg 
Second Time Painting, 

Oil and assemblage 
elements on canvas 
65 V4 X 42 inches 
Purchase Fund, 1962.140 

33 1999 President's Report 


Marsden Hartley 
Musical Theme, ^9^2-^3 
Oil on canvas 
39 % X 31 % inches 
Gift of Mr. Samuel 
Lustgarten, .1267 

Andre Masson 

Le Cy elope Amoureux, 


Tempera, oil, and 

sand on canvas 

29 72 X 29 72 inches 

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. 

Edwin E. Hokin, 1963.236 

34 Branduis Review 

three. ..four. ..five sucfi events a week 
going on here," says Ketner. "Clearly, 
the more things we organize and do. 
the more we're going to engage the 

Once people become aware of the 
Rose through its programs, though, 
Ketner maintains that it should be the 
collection that continues to lure them 
back. "When we study audience and 
the dynamics of audience." he 
explains, "the blockbuster exhibit 
mentality draws in lots of big numbers, 
but the residuals from those are small. 
The core audience for museums are 
those who come to see collections. 
That is really the key audience that 
sustains institutional validity. 

"That's the chief goal for me with the 
works at the Rose — to create an 
expectation that when you come here, 
you're going to see these great things. 
Yet, while we have this collection, we 
have not been able to really solidify the 
public identity of the Rose with that." 

The obvious problem is a lack of 
space. It is the ability to keep a 
collection on display, allow viewers the 
comforting pleasure of knowing they 

will see a favorite work whenever they 
visit, that gives a collection a sense of 
permanence and a museum a sense 
of distinction. To that end, Ketner 
looks to doubling the exhibition space 
of the Rose. The need is for space to 
continue mounting outstanding 
exhibits, while allowing the marvelous 
collection to be always on view. 

"In determining exactly what we have 
in our collection, where and how good 
our strengths are, and what condition 
they're in, while I profess that one of 
my goals is to refine and focus the 
collection, I'm finding that the scope of 
where we have extraordinarily good 
objects is much broader than it was 
previously perceived to be," says 

That scope had been perceived as a 
1960s through 1980s American 
collection. But what Ketner is finding 
as he continues to familiarize himself 
with the extent of the Rose's holdings 
is that extraordinary individual 
examples exist not only from the first 
half of the 20th century, but from the 
late 19th century, as well. 

"I was in the storage room the other 
day," he says with contagious awe, 
"and I pulled out about seven 

Modigliani drawings. I had no idea we 
had Modiglianis. We have 60 
Rembrandt prints, over 500 Japanese 
woodblock prints, about 30 William 
Hogarths. I found Turner watercolors, 
Rodin drawings, Vuillard, two 
Cezannes, a handful of Renoirs. It just 
staggers me. 

"What I'm really eager for is that when 
we get to the point of a significant 
expansion, and we have regular 
display galleries devoted to the 
collection, it's going to be like an 
unknown treasure revealed to the 
community. It will be a shock. It will be 
startling to see how extraordinary this 
collection is. And that prospect really 
makes me excited." 

With Ketner's energy and enthusiasm, 
a little luck, and a collection worthy of 
widespread renown, it should not be 
long before the Rose Art Museum's 
reputation extends, as it clearly 
should, far beyond the Brandeis 
campus. ■ 

Cliff Hauptman '69. M.F.A. 73, is 
director of publications at Brandeis 
and editor of the Brandeis Review. 

Cindy Sherman 

Untitled, 1981 

Color photograph (C-print) 

24 X 28 inches 

Rose Purchase Fund 

35 1999 President's Report 

mil IT i 



by Marjorie Lyon 


lemember opening the envelope 
containing your SAT scores? At age 
16, those numbers label you, like it or 
not, profoundly impacting your 
chances of admission to college — a 
choice with countless ramifications. 

Current newspaper headlines blare 
opposing opinions in an ongoing 
debate over the fairness and value of 
standardized tests. A conservative 
atmosphere fuels a backlash against 
affirmative action college admissions 

Enter Deborah Bial '87. In 1989 she 
was working on youth leadership 
programs in New York City public high 
schools. Through those programs Bial 
met hundreds of students. She 
remembers with anguish exceptional 
students who went off to top-notch 
schools with scholarships and, within 
six months, had dropped out. The 
impact of culture shock for a New 
York City student who finds himself on 
an affluent, monochrome, country 
campus can be devastating. 

"We were talking to a group of kids," 
she explains. "'Posse' was a hip word 
in the youth culture, meaning 'my 
friends' — the people who back me up. 
One kid said, 'You know, I never 
would have dropped out if I had my 
posse with me.' And we thought, 
'What a great idea. Why not send a 
posse together to college so they 
could back each other up?'" This was 
how The Posse Program got started. 

Rial's mission became Posse. She 
wanted to design a program that could 
identify ambitious, capable students 
that the normal admissions process 
might miss. She also wanted The 
Posse Program to help universities 
work on issues of diversity. You have 
to hear her talk to appreciate the 
depth of her enthusiasm. "These are 
talented, ambitious students with 
varied backgrounds — phenomenal 
kids," she exclaims. When she says 
"phenomenal" it is a declaration of 
tireless support, a rallying cry. 

Vanderbilt University in Nashville took 
the first risk, accepting a group of five 
students they normally might have 
missed using their traditional 
admission policies. The prediction 
was that these students would have 
about a 20 percent chance of making 
it through their freshman year. But 
100 percent of them graduated on 

Bial and her original partner, Lynn 
Gray, spent several years developing 
Posse under metaNetworks, a youth 
leadership organization. Bial later took 
Posse out of metaNetworks and 
started The Posse Foundation with 
the support of Michael Ainslie, former 
president of Sotheby's. Ainslie 
became The Posse Foundation's 

Since 1989 the Posse program has 
sent 175 students to six partner 
institutions: Brandeis, DePauw, 
Lehigh, Middlebury, Rice, and 
Vanderbilt. Two new colleges have 
been recently added: Wheaton and 
Bowdoin. These schools provide full 
tuition merit scholarships to the Posse 
scholars (approximately 10 students 
each year). Posse students have won 
a total of 14 million dollars in 
scholarships and they are being 
retained at these institutions at 90 
percent, which is higher than the 
national average for any student, even 
among selective schools. But the 
students have done much more than 
successfully complete their course 
work. They have become campus 
leaders, including two presidents of 
the student government. Posse 
members have established a 
mentoring program for local high 
school students, a gospel choir, and a 
neighborhood literacy program. They 
have produced plays, encouraged 
student athletes to take steps to 
improve their academic performance, 
and worked with the homeless. 

It is not surprising that these students 
have made an impact when you listen 
to Bial describe her idea of leadership: 
"How do you promote dialogue? How 
do you get people to engage in 
conversations that they don't normally 
engage in? How do you move an 
agenda forward? How do you build 
bridges between communities?" 

37 1999 President's Report 

Posse II member 
Maria Paniccioli '03 and 
Deborah Bial 87 


Mentor MimI Arnstein, 
M.A. '99 with Posse I 
members Sophia Moon '02, 
Natalie Graham '02, 
Esther Obuabong '02, 
Jenell Clarke '02, 
Emrold Nicholas '02, 
Marco Barreto '02, 
Kenroy Granville '02, 
Priscilla Araya '02, 
Kate Trambitskaya '02, and 
Abbas Qureshi '02 









Posse II members meet 
Dean of Admissions and 
Financial Aid David Gould 

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38 Brandeis Review 

According to Bial, The Posse Program 
works for three reasons: full tuition 
scholarships from Posse partner 
institutions stretch the definition of 
merit to include leadership and talent, 
but are not minority or need-based. 
Second, Posses arrive on campus 
armed with extensive preparation. 
Students go through 34 weeks of 
training, meeting every week for a 
two-hour workshop after school during 
their senior year in high school to 
make them not only academically 
prepared, but also psychologically 
prepared. They bond with Posse 
peers who make the leap into college 
together. And when they get there, 
they each have a graduate student 
mentor who meets with them on 
campus. The third reason is the 
unique recruitment and identification 
process, which finds the right 

Newly established in Boston (spring 
1999) and with plans to expand to 
Chicago next year, Posse hopes to 
have kids coming out of cities all 
across the United States and going 
successfully to top universities. "The 
idea is that not only will we help 
institutions to diversify their student 
body, to create a more interactive 
climate of diversity on their campuses, 
but that greater numbers of students 
from diverse backgrounds will 
graduate from top schools to take on 
leadership positions in the work 
force," explains Bial, adding with her 
signature enthusiasm, "Isn't that 

Bial ran Posse for eight years. This 
meant traveling to universities all over 
the country, meeting with Posse 
students, running retreats, staging 
ceremonies, and fundraising. After 
eight years she was ready for a 
change, and when an evaluation of 
Posse suggested that the 
identification and recruitment process 
that she had designed warranted 
further research, Bial realized that 
was exactly what she wanted to do. 
"I'm so proud of The Posse Program," 
Bial says. "Today Posse has a staff of 
eight led by our great executive 
director, Robbie Bent. This is an 
incredible group of people carrying on 
the mission and expanding the 

Two years ago Bial left the intense 
everyday involvement in Posse to 
become a graduate student at 
Harvard, studying diversity in higher 
education, focusing on alternative 
admissions criteria specifically for the 

most selective institutions. Her 
professor, Derek Bok, former 
president of Harvard, sent one of her 
papers to Bill Bowen, former president 
of Princeton and current president of 
the Mellon Foundation. Bok and 
Bowen are authors of Shape of the 
River, a national study that supports 
affirmative action. 

When Bial got a phone call from 
Bowen, inviting her to visit the Mellon 
Foundation to talk about her research, 
the visit resulted in an offer to support 
Bial's development of an alternative 
assessment tool for college 
admissions. "How long did I need to 
think about that?" she exclaims, now 
working with a $2 million grant from 
the Mellon Foundation. 

Bial is now designing a new 
assessment tool inspired by the work 
that she did at Posse, testing it to see 
if it can really predict whether certain 
students who might look atypical can 
succeed at selective institutions. She 
is not designing a paper and pencil 
test, but rather an assessment tool to 
be used by evaluators who observe 
students in a dynamic setting. Her 
alternative assessment strategies 
were developed to identify students 
who might be misrepresented by 
standardized test scores. Bial applies 
her new, unorthodox evaluator's 
assessment tool to a rigorous 
selection process similar to the 
process she designed for Posse. 
Students participate in activities while 
"raters" make notes on individual 
behavior, scoring students in four 
major categories that include such 
traits as leadership, teamwork, 
problem-solving, and communication 

To gain access to subjects for her 
study, Bial hired The Posse 
Foundation so that she could apply 
her new rating system to their 
dynamic process of recruiting 
students. For example, imagine 100 
students (recommended by teachers, 
guidance counselors, and principals) 
who meet in a huge room with no 
chairs. They are asked to form groups 
of 10, sit down together, and introduce 
themselves. A staff member explains 
to students, "This is unlike any 
interview you have ever been in. Get 
ready to take risks, have fun, be 
yourself. In front of you is a brown bag 
with pieces of Legos. You are no 
longer high school students In New 
York City. You are now members of 
the Zap Toy Company. You are a 

creative and technically astute team. 
You have a task. In the next 10 
minutes you need to replicate a toy 
robot that has already been built by 
another competing toy company. It's in 
a vault in the other room. You can go 
look at the robot, but you can only 
send one person at a time. And you 
have only 10 minutes." 

"Raters" are making notes. "Some kids 
are shy. Some kids take charge. 
Some say, "'OK, you go first.' Other 
kids see someone being left out, 
'Molly never went, let Molly go,'" 
explains Bial. "I don't really care that 
they build this robot. Evaluators are 
looking at interpersonal dynamics." 

Here is Bial's vision; "I want to develop 
an alternative admissions tool. It will 
be used, maybe not in place of the 
SAT, but alongside the SAT and other 
traditional admissions measures. I 
would like to see centers in big cities 
all over the United States that can 
administer this tool, so that kids can 
have another way, a validated way, to 
show their potential for success. And 
these new score sets will hopefully 
accurately predict potential for college 
persistence." Bial's tool is meant to 
stand alone — without the support of a 
program like Posse. 

Bial is also working on Brandeis's 
Transitional Year Program (TYP), with 
Its director Thompson Williams, Jr., as 
a consultant evaluating what works 
best. TYP is the longest running 
uninterrupted program of Its kind in the 
country, having helped countless, 
underprepared high school students 
attain admissions to college since 
1968. She is also an adjunct faculty to 
Vanderbllt University, teaching 
students to apply what they have been 
learning in their human development 
major to a real organization. 

The quintessential Brandeis alumna, 
Bial takes the same love of learning 
she displayed on campus and adds a 
passion for righting society's wrongs. 
By identifying students who might 
languish unnoticed in high school, her 
mission is twofold: to give them an 
opportunity to attend a selective 
university, and by so doing, to create a 
powerful agent of change. Indeed, Bial 
embodies the University's values: 
enlightenment, inclusion, and an 
original approach to solving problems. ■ 

Marjorie Lyon is a staff writer for the 
Brandeis Review. 

39 1999 President's Report 


, <fAt,:-ir-'ii^'^V^^niSii^^iteik^l^-A 

Brandeis scientists are receivi 

s varied as artificial intelligence, women's health, 

cancer research, astrophysics, 

veals, theta-wave res 

by Steve Bradt 


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or years, the debilitating effects of 
severe epilepsy made life a nearly 
constant struggle for Maureen 
Horrigan. "I'd have [seizures] every 
morning when I woke up and when I 
got really tired," says Horrigan, a 
college student from Windham, New 
Hampshire. She frequently missed 
school and was subjected to a slew of 
medications, many with side effects 
nearly as severe as the seizures they 
were meant to combat. 

By last year, Horrigan and her family 
were so exasperated that they opted 
for neurosurgery to root out the parts 
of her brain responsible for the 
devastating seizures. In preparation 
for the surgery, doctors at Children's 
Hospital in Boston shaved off her long 
brown hair and implanted 148 
fingernail-sized electrodes in the outer 
layers of her brain to monitor its 
activity. And it was then, while she 
was in the hospital awaiting 
neurosurgery, that Horrigan was 
approached by a team of Brandeis 
researchers interested in answering 
fundamental questions about how we 
find our way around the complicated 
world that surrounds us. 

Their request of Maureen Horrigan? 
That she play video games in the 
name of science. 

Now, by playing those video games, 
Horrigan and a dozen other epileptic 
teens have made important 
contributions to science: they have 
taught the Brandeis neuroscientists 
that certain brain waves may be the 
key to learning and remembering how 
to find our way from one place to 
another. The work, which has the 
potential to help us understand how 
memory works and ultimately point to 
cures for epilepsy and memory 
disorders, was reported in the June 24 
issue of the prestigious journal 

The paper told how a team of 
neuroscientists from Brandeis's Volen 
National Center for Complex Systems 
and Children's Hospital, Boston, 
examined the electrical activity in the 
teens' brains as they maneuvered 
through virtual mazes. The 

researchers focused on slow, 

rhythmic waves of electrical activity 
known as theta oscillations, produced 
when groups of brain cells, or 
neurons, fire at once. It has long been 
recognized that when some brain 
waves go awry, they can kindle 
epileptic seizures; it now appears that 
theta oscillations, a special kind of 
brain wave, are also important for our 
ability to navigate through our 

The scientists focused on youngsters 
with severe epilepsy because one of 
the disorder's treatments, 
neurosurgery to remove problem 
areas of the brain, offers a unique 
opportunity for monitoring brain waves 
in humans. While researchers would 
never subject even a medical 
volunteer to implantation of electrodes 
in the brain, patients preparing for this 
neurosurgery already have electrodes 
in place so surgeons can pinpoint 
where in the brain seizures originate — 
allowing the Brandeis researchers to 
test their hypothesis that theta waves 
underlie navigational and spatial 

"I didn't have anything better to do. I 
could give up Jerry Springer to help 
them out," Maureen Horrigan says. 

Brandeis researcher Michael J. 
Kahana, assistant professor of 
psychology and Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems, says the 
findings obtained through the 
participation of Horrigan and her 
peers bridge the gap between 
scientists' understanding of theta 
waves' role in animals and their role in 
humans. "Hundreds of papers have 
linked theta oscillations to spatial 
learning in rats and other animals; our 
study is the first to seal the link 
between theta and spatial learning in 
humans," says Kahana. 

41 1999 President's Report 

In addition to forging this exciting new 
link between the theta brain wave and 
spatial memory in humans, the work 
offers real hope for better treatments 
for epilepsy, which affects some four 
million Americans. 

This research resulted from a unique 
collaboration between memory expert 
Kahana, vision expert Robert Sekuler, 
the Louis and Frances Salvage 
Professor of Psychology and Volen 
National Center for Complex Systems, 
and Joseph Madsen, a neurosurgeon 
at Children's Hospital with a special 
interest in the treatment of epilepsy. 
Coauthors Jeremy Caplan, a Brandeis 
neuroscience doctoral student, and 
Matthew Kirschen, a Brandeis senior, 
assisted Kahana, Sekuler, and 

For this research, Kahana and his 
coauthors called upon a video game, 
created specifically for this research, 
that put teenagers in virtual 
environments resembling those found 
in popular video games. The video 
game, named FRODO, was created 
by Ben Burack, then a 15-year-old 
high school student working in 
Kahana's lab as part of Brandeis's 
Summer Odyssey program. FRODO 
first leads players through the mazes, 
and then leaves them to find their own 
way through a sometimes baffling set 
of twists and turns. The key to 
success in FRODO is remembering 
where you've been and how you got 

The teen navigators suffered from 
very severe epilepsy, a disorder in 
which some brain waves go out of 
control. In their case, the epilepsy 
could not be adequately treated with 
medication; instead, neurosurgeons 
must locate and remove the part of 
their brain where the seizures 
originate. To find out precisely where 
this epileptic focus is without 
disturbing healthy parts of the brain 
that are important for memory, 
language, and other cognitive 
functions, surgeons monitor the 
electrical activity of the brain by 
placing wires directly on the brain's 

With careful attention to the 
teenagers' safety and clinical 
treatment, the Brandeis researchers 
monitored the electrical signals of the 
brain's work while the teens worked 
their way through the mazes. They 
found that various parts of the brain 
produced telltale waves, like the ones 
produced in the brains of rats and 
other animals during similar tasks. 
The episodes of theta oscillations 
were most pronounced when the 
youths were wending their way 
through extremely difficult mazes. 

"By playing video games today, these 
heroic teenagers are helping the kids 
of the future have happier, healthier, 
seizure-free lives," Sekuler says. 

"With more work, we may be able to 
understand why the brain's rhythmic 
activity sometimes spins out of 
control. Our long-range goal is 
developing a cure for epilepsy." 

Normal brain waves occur at 
characteristic frequencies that 
underpin various brain functions. One 
well-known rhythm of about 10 cycles 
per second, the alpha wave, is 
associated with relaxation, while a 
slower wave of four to seven cycles 
per second, the theta wave, seems to 
be important in spatial learning. 
Understanding theta's temporal and 
spatial characteristics, which are 
important to its role in memory, 
required the creation of powerful, 
sophisticated statistical methods, 
developed by Caplan. 

In epilepsy's four million American 
sufferers, brain waves turn into 
miniature electrical storms that sweep 
across the brain. People with mild 
epilepsy can be treated with 
medication, diminishing the risk of 
powerful and dangerous seizures. In 
more severe cases, the only option is 
surgery to root out the part of the 
brain where the most violent, seizure- 
inducing waves start. Frequently, 
these seizures start in a part of the 
brain called the temporal lobe, which 
also plays a key role in memory. 

This might not be a coincidence, 
Kahana says, and further research 
could help understand how the brain 
remembers and why it can become 
epileptic. The Brandeis and Children's 
Hospital researchers believe that to 
understand epilepsy, it is important to 
understand memory, and vice versa. 
This understanding could lead 
scientists to better treatments for 
epilepsy and memory disorders. 

Madsen says the recognition of theta 
as a neural "signature" for certain 
kinds of memory should help 
neurosurgeons avoid inadvertently 
excising regions key to memory and 
other critical brain functions. "These 
findings may help to identify where 
memory functions are located in the 
brain and eventually assist in the 
treatment of epilepsy using surgery or 
other methods," he says. 

Kahana, Sekuler, and Madsen 
continue their interdisciplinary 
collaborations. In work with John 
Lisman, professor of biology and a 
fellow Volen Center researcher, the 
group is exploring the role of theta in a 
wide range of learning and memory 
tasks. In this way they hope to see 
how brain oscillations are related not 
only to navigation and spatial learning, 
but also to symbolic learning and 
memory tasks. They are also looking 
at brain activity at various electrode 
sites to better understand where theta 
waves arise and to search for 
evidence of multiple theta-generating 
areas in the brain. Finally, they are 
moving in more clinical directions, to 
explore how neurosurgeons like 
Madsen might use their research to 
avoid damaging brain regions critical 
to learning and memory function. 

They continue to work closely with 
young patients like Maureen Horrigan. 
Kirschen, the Brandeis undergraduate 
who served as front man on the 
project, encouraging youths at 
Children's Hospital to play the special 
video games — even taking a year off 
from classes and forgoing studying 
abroad for the research — has evolved 
into a valued research colleague and 
a respected fixture in the hallways of 
the hospital. The prospective medical 
student is even a regular participant in 
neurosurgeons' pre-operative 

For her part, Horrigan is happy to 
have played a small part in advancing 
the frontiers of science. "It's exciting 
to know that you've helped so much 
just by playing video games," she 
says, still somewhat incredulous. ■ 

Steve Bradt is media relations 
specialist for the sciences at Brandeis 
and editor of ttie Brandeis Catalyst. 

42 Brandeis Review 


Sequential images, 
courtesy of Jeremy Caplan, 
showing a "player's-eye 
view" of the computer game. 

V. \ / / / 

43 1999 President's Report 

ooks and Recordings 


Brandeis Series in 
American Jewish 
History, Culture, and 



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Thomas Doherty 

Associate Professor of Film 
Studies (on tfie Sam Spiegel 

Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, 
ImmoTality. and 
Insurrection in American 
Cinema 1930-1934 
Columbia University Press 

This book explores the 
period in American motion 
picture history from 1930 to 
1934 when the 
commandments of the 
Production Code 
Administration (PCA) were 
violated with impunity in a 
series of wildly 
unconventional films — a 
time when censorship was 
lax and Hollywood made 
the most of it. The movies 
represent what Hollywood 
under the Production Code 
attempted to cover up and 
push offscreen: the raw stuff 
of American culture, 
unvarnished and unveiled. 

Brian Donahue 

Assistant Professor of 
American Environmental 
Studies (on the lack 
Meyerhoff Foundation) and 
Director of the 
Environmental Studies 

Reclaiming the Commons: 

Community Farms and 

Forests in a New England 


Yale University Press 

Reclaiming the Commoiis 
is about engaging the 
citizens of suburban towns 
with their land. The author 
argues two things. First, 
suburbanites must work to 
protect forest and farmland 
as they resettle the 
countryside by curbing their 
craving for large private 
estates. Second, this land 

44 Brandeis Review 

should be protected not 
simply for passive 
ecological, educational, or 
recreational purposes. It 
should also be used for 
productive purposes 
including farming, 
timbering, and sugaring. 

Valerie Epps 

Adiunct Professor of Legal 

International Law for 
Carolina Academic Press 

The purpose of this book is 
to introduce undergraduate 
students with no previous 
legal training to the study of 
public international law. 
The aspiration of this book 
is that students will acquire 
a general understanding of 
the mechanisms and 
concepts of the 
international legal system 
and that they will find 
encouragement to pursue 
their own study of the area 
in greater depth. 

Stefan Timmermans 

Assistant Professor of 

Sudden Death and the 

Myth of CPR 

Temple University Press 

With rates of survival 
among cardiopulmonary 
resuscitation (CPR) 
recipients hovering in the 
low single digits. Sudden 
Death suggests that we 
reinvent the technique as a 
means of prolonging life by 
iust a few minutes, long 
enough to allow family 
members to say their final 
farewells. The author argues 
that this reinvented 
approach will not only 
dignify sudden death, but 
will also help foster more 
realistic expectations of 
CPR's abilities. 


The American Movement 
to Free Soviet jews 

Murray Friedman and 
Albert D. Chernin, eds. 

A Second Exodus: The 
American Movement to 
Free Soviet Jews 
University Press of New 

Since the early 1960s, some 
1.3 million Jews from the 
Soviet Union and its 
successor states have 
immigrated to the West, 
primarily to Israel and the 
United States. Largely 
because of the imaginative 
and skillful mobilization 
efforts of Jews and their 
friends throughout the 
world, this great exodus had 
important ramifications for 
U.S. relations with the 
Soviet Union/Russia and 
Israel. In addition, the 
success of American Jews in 
mounting and sustaining 
this lobbying effort 
represented a coming of age 
for the community, which 
only a few decades before 
had been unable to extricate 
millions of Jews from 
Europe and the Nazis. 

Friedman is director of the 
Meyer and Rosaline 
Feinstein Center for 
American Jewish History at 
Temple University and 
Chernin is executive vice 
chair emeritus. National 
Jewish Community 
Relations Advisory Council. 


Stephen Almekinder, M.A. 79 

Almekinder works in the 
administration at the State 
University of New York at 
Geneseo and works at his 


Hard Shell Word Factory 

Winterhold is in the form of 
an ebook. The motto of the 
publisher is "Save a tree, 
read electronically." The 
story takes place in a ritual 
bound society, rife with 
court intrigues on a planet 
locked in perpetual winter. 
It concerns the generations- 
old conflict between its 
King and Queen, and the 
love between a man and a 
woman that threatens to 
shatter the patterns 
established by the Rituals, 
the complex set of rules and 
customs that governs every 
aspect of life. A battle 
among the different factions 
ensues. After it is over, 
everything has changed and 
nothing has changed. 

Cindy S. Aron '67 

Aron is an associate 
professor of history at the 
University of Virginia. She 
IS also the author of Ladies 
and Gentlemen of the Civil 
Service: Middle Class 
Workers in Victorian 

Working at Play: A History 

of Vacations in the United 


Oxford University Press 

In Working at Play the 
author tells the story of the 
constant tension between 
work and leisure in 
American culture. The book 
explores not only how and 
why vacationing became 
part of American life, but 

how Americans struggled to 
reconcile their desire for 
vacations with their 
continuing distrust of 

Jonathan Barkan 71, ed. 

Barkan is on the staff of 
Communications for 
Learning based in Arlington, 

American Art &> 
Architecture of the Boston 
Public Library 
Trustees of the Public 
Library of the City of 

This book takes the reader 
through a variety of media 
found in the Boston Public 
Library. It opens with the 
story behind the 
development of the 
Library's McKim building 
and goes on to focus on the 
Louis Saint-Gaudens's twin 
Memorial Lion statues and 
many other works 
representing examples of 
public artwork. Other 
themes are explored: "The 
Boston Scene," which 
showcases local artists, 
"Posters of the 1890s," 
"Motherhood, Apple Pie and 
War," historic photos such 
as a Ted Williams home 
run. Civil War images, 
postcards, children's book 
illustrations, and 
architectural renderings. 

Benyamin Chetkow-Yanoov, 
Ph.D. '66 

Chetkow-Yanoov is a 
retired professor of 
community social work. He 
continues to engage in 
professional teaching and 
consultation in Israel. 

Celebrating Diversity: 
Coexisting in a 
Multicultural Society 
The Haworth Press 

In Celebrating Diversity, 
the author asserts that the 
increasing religious-ethnic- 
linguistic pluralisms of the 
20th century require that 
we cease lumping people 
different from ourselves 
into an "other" category. He 
identifies classical elements 
of a coexistence model and 
suggests various strategies 
and tactics for 
implementing coexistence 
in modern societies. 
Throughout the pages you 
can learn social skills for 
preventing conflict 
escalation, for finding areas 
of common interest, and for 
working cooperatively. 

Nancy J. Chodorow 75 

Chodorow is a 
psychoanalyst in private 
practice and professor of 
sociology at the University 
of California, Berkeley. 

The Power of Feelings: 
Personal Meaning in 
Psychoanalysis, Gender, 
and Culture 
Yale University Press 

In The Power of Feelings the 
author explores the many 
ways we create meaning in 

our lives. She articulates a 
new theory of meaning that 
celebrates individual 
uniqueness while 
recognizing how the 
external world of culture 
and society is drawn into 
the inner world of personal 
feelings. Meaning, she 
argues, is cultural and 
personal at the same time. 
Emphasizing the activity 
and creativity of the 
individual psyche, 
Chodorow addresses long- 
standing debates about 
whether the self and 
experience come more from 
without or from within. 

Mary Ann Corley '67 

Corley is director of the 
National Adult Literacy and 
Learning Disabilities 

Bridges to Practice: A 
Research-based Guide for 
Literacy Practitioners 
Serving Adults with 
Learning Disabilities 

The development of Bridges 
to Practice is centered 
around the vision of the 
National Adult Literacy and 
Learning Disabilities Center 
(National ALLD Center) 
that (1) adults with learning 
disabilities have specific 
and unique educational 
service needs; (2) literacy 
programs can and should 
meet the needs of adults 
with learning disabilities; 
and (3) by focusing on 
research-based information, 
the National ALLD Center 
can help literacy programs 
better meet the needs of 
adults with learning 

45 1999 President's Report 


Narrative in Selected Movefs of 
Thomos Hardy,James Joyce 
and Virqinia Wooif 


Hilene Flanzbaum '80, ed. 

Flanzbaum is an associate 
professor of English at 
Butler University, 
Indianapolis, and an editor 
of Jewish- Ameiican 
Literature: A Norton 

The Americanization of the 


The lohns Hopkins 

University Press 

Hilene Flanzbaum presents 
a collection of essays in The 
Americanization of the 
Holocaust on America's 
cultural appropriation of 
this central event in 20th- 
century history. The 
authors discuss a broad 
range of topics and 
examples. The volume 
examines how much of our 
knowledge of the Holocaust 
comes to us through 
cultural filters — from 
editors, publishers, 
producers, directors, artists, 
and advertising executives. 

Kathryn Hellerstein 74, 
translator and editor 

Hellerstein is a lecturer in 
Yiddish language and 
literature in the 
Department of Germanic 
Languages and the Jewish 
Studies Program at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 

Paper Bridges: Selected 

Poems of Kadya 


Wayne State University 


Molodowsky published six 
major books of poetry in 
Yiddish including the 
children's poems for which 
she is best known today. 
She was one of the few 
Yiddish women poets able 
to sustain and develop her 

writing throughout her life. 
All of her books reflect the 
cultural and historical 
changes that she 
experienced in her life. The 
poetry in this book begins 
with poems from her first 
book. Nights of Heshvan, 
published in Vilna in 1927, 
and ends with poems from 
her last book, Light of the 
Thorn Bush, published in 
Buenos Aires in 1965. 

Judy llles '81 

files is cofounder and 
executive director of the 
new brain research center 
and director for grants and 
research program 
development in the 
department of radiology at 
Stanford University. 

The Strategic Grant-Seeker: 

A Guide to Conceptualizing 

Fundable Research in the 

Brain and Behavioral 


Lawrence Erlbaum and 

Associates, Inc. 

Successfully competing for 
research dollars requires 
strategy and skilled 
execution. The Strategic 
Grant-Seeker is designed to 
serve as a resource for 
researchers and research- 
entrepreneurs in the brain 
and behavioral science 
disciplines who seek to 
build a complete toolbox of 
these strategies for funding 

Halbert Katzen '92 

Katzen is a spiritual 
educator, a legal 
professional, an 
envirimmental and political 
activist, as well as a writer. 

The Logic of Love: Finding 
Faith Through the Heart- 
Mind Connection 
Insights Out Publishing 

The Logic of Love is written 
for those who embrace 
love — the desire and 
willingness to do well for 
others — as the most 
important value in life. The 
author demonstrates how 
faith in God can be a logical 
extension of love. If you do 
not have faith in God, this 
book offers an approach to 
faith that does not play 
upon your emotions or ask 
you to believe testimonials. 
In fact. It is written from an 
agnostic perspective. If you 
do have faith, but have 
trouble communicating to 
others that this is 
reasonable, the ideas 
presented here can help you 
express your faith to others 
as a logical and loving 
approach to life. 

Richard A. Kopley '72, ed. 

Kopley is associate 
professor of English at Penn 
State DuBois, author of 
numerous studies of Poe, 
Hawthorne, and Melville, 
and vice president of the 
Poe Studies Association. 

The Narrative of Arthur 
Gordon Pym of Nantucket 
by Edgar Allan Poe 
Penguin Books 

A stowaway aboard the 
whaling ship Grampus, 
Arthur Gordon Pym finds 
himself bound on a voyage 
to the high southern 
latitudes. Poe's novel 
recounts the "incredible 
adventures and discoveries" 
of Pym and his companions. 
It was Poe's unique genius, 
however, that imbued this 
Gothic adventure tale with 
such allegorical richness 
that readers have been 
fascinated ever since. In his 
illuminating introduction 
and notes to this new 

edition of Poe's 
masterpiece, Kopley reveals 
hidden layers of meaning 
involving Poe's family and 
biblical prophecy. 

Jane Lilienfeld, Ph.D. 75 

Lilienfeld is associate 
professor of English at 
Lincoln University, a 
historically black college 
located in Jefferson City, 
Missouri. She has published 
essays on Virginia Woolf, 
Margaret Atwood, Willa 
Gather, Colette, Elizabeth 
Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, 
James Joyce, and feminist 

Reading Alcoholisms: 

Theorizing Character and 

Narrative in Selected 

Novels of Thomas Hardy, 

fames foyce. and Virginia 


St. Martin's Press 

This book is important in 
Its ability to capture the 
emotional truth of 
alcoholism and its effects 
on the family through 
literary works. The author 
has produced a cross- 
disciplinary study using the 
social, psychological, and 
scientific literature on 
alcoholism and family 
alcoholism to examine the 
novels of Hardy, Joyce, and 
Woolf. Each of these 
authors was directly 
affected by the alcoholism 
of a family member or 
mentor and Lilienfeld 
shows how the effects of 
alcoholism organized their 

46 Brandeis Review 

\ Icrctics .V 
Dauohtcrs W' Israel? 



Renee Levine Melammed, 
M.A. 78, Ph.D. '83 

Melammed is assistant dean 
at the Schechter Institute of 
Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. 

Heretics or Daughters of 
Israelr The Crypto-Jewish 
Women of Castile 
Oxford University Press 

Through the lens of the 
Inquisition's own records, 
this study focuses on the 
crypto-Jewish women of 
Castile, demonstrating their 
central role in the 
perpetuation of crypto- 
Jewish society in the 
ahsence of traditional 
Jewish institutions led by 
men. Drawing on the secret 
records of heresy trials 
instigated by the 
Inquisition, the author 
shows how many 
'conversas" acted with great 
courage and commitment to 
perpetuate their religious 
heritage, seeing themselves 
as true daughters of Israel. 

Eva Newbrun '56 

and H. Peter Oberlander. 
Newbrun became interested 
in housing issues years ago 
when she was a social case 
worker. She is an educator 
and professional writer 
living in San Francisco. 

Houser: The Life and Work 
of Catherine Bauer. 1905-64 
University of British 
Columbia Press 

Catherine Bauer was a 
leading member of a small 
group of idealists who 
called themselves housers 
because of their 
commitment to improving 
housing for low-income 
families. In her lifetime she 
changed the concept of 
social housing in the United 

States and inspired a 
generation of urban 
activists to integrate public 
housing in the emerging 
welfare state of the mid- 
20th century. In this 
biography of Bauer, the 
authors trace her 
fascinating life and career. 

Jeffrey Garson Shapiro '84 

Shapiro offers private 
consultations in 
homeopathy and flower 
essences and serves as the 
dean and president of 
Curentur University. 

The Flower Remedy Book: 
A Comprehensive Guide to 
Over 700 Flower Essences 
North Atlantic Books 

During the author's course 
of studies in homeopathy, 
he discovered flower 
essences. He found them to 
be a wonderful healing art 
in their own right, as well 
as a marvelous complement 
to homeopathy. He also 
found that there was not 
one comprehensive, 
accurate, and easy to use 
source to cover each 
particular remedy. The book 
tells how to use flower 
essences; answers the 
question: are flower 
essences just for acute 
situations; and how to take 
flower essences. 

Ileene Smith Sobel 75 

Illustrated by Mark Podwal. 
Sobel has been an editor of 
literary books for many 
years. Her publishing prizes 
include the PEN/Roger 
Klein Award, the Tony 
Godwin Memorial Award, 
and a Jerusalem Fellowship. 

Moses and the Angels 
Delacorte Press 

Moses and Pharaoh. Moses 
and his people. Moses and 
the angels. A thousand and 
one tales, miraculous and 
inspiring, exist in the 
universe of commentaries 
about this singular biblical 
leader whose destiny marks 
a turning point for Israel 
and the world. This book 
will appeal to the moral 
imagination of the child, as 
well as to the adult who 
dreams of ancient times and 
magical beginnings. 

Diane Winston 74 

Winston is a research fellow 
at the Center for Media, 
Culture and History at New 
York University. 

Red-Hot and Righteous: 
The Urban Religion of The 
Salvation Army 
Harvard University Press 

When The Salvation Army 
landed in New York in 
1880, local citizens called 
its eye-catching 
advertisements "vulgar" 
and dubbed its brass bands, 
female preachers, and over- 
heated services 
"sensationalist." Yet a little 
more than a century later 
this movement had evolved 
into the nation's largest 
charitable fund-raiser. In 
this study of religion, urban 
life, and commercial 
culture, the author shows 
how a self-styled, "red-hot," 
militant Protestant mission 
established a beachhead in 
the modern city. 

Elizabeth Zelvin '64 

Zelvin is a New York City 
psychotherapist who has 
directed treatment programs 
for substance-abusing 
women and for homeless 
alcoholics and drug addicts. 

Gifts and Secrets: Poems of 
the Therapeutic 
New Rivers Press 

These poems are about the 
poet's family, her work with 
clients and flowers, her loss 
of friends, the passage of 
time, and our efforts to 
recapture the past. The 
poems are divided into three 
sections: "Secrets of the 
Therapeutic Relationship"; 
"The Poet in the Garden"; 
and "Their Last Gifts." 


Sally Pinkas '79, Ph.D. '91 

Pinkas, pianist-in-residence 
of the Hopkins Center at 
Dartmouth College, is an 
associate professor of piano 
at Dartmouth and an artist 
teacher at the Longy School 
of Music in Cambridge, 

George Rochberg: 
Piano Music 
Gasparo Records, Inc. 

This two-CD recording lists 
the following music of 
George Rochberg, who was 
presented the Gold Medal of 
Achievement of the 
Brandeis University 
Creative Arts Award in 
1985: Partita-Variations 
(1976); Nach Bach (1966); 
Sonata-Fantasia (1956); 
Carnival Music (I97I); Four 
Short Sonatas (1984); and 
Variations on an Original 
Theme {1941). 

47 1999 President's Report 

evelopment Matters 

Alumnus Gift Sets 
Leadership Standard 

Jonathan G. Davis '75 and 
his wife, Margot T. Davis, 
have pledged $1 million to 
Biandeis University to 
establish the Jonathan G. '75 
and Margot T. Davis 
Endowed Scholarship Fund. 
Earnings from the 
scholarship fund will enable 
Brandeis to strengthen its 
recruiting of students in the 
top 30 percent of its 
applicant pool by 
subsidizing up to 85 percent 
of their tuition, room, and 

Davis believes building 
Brandeis's financial strength 
through endowment is key 
to delivering on the growth 
potential the University has 
demonstrated in its short 
hut successful history. He 
explains, "In only 50 years, 
Brandeis has become one of 
the nation's top research 
universities. It is amazing 
that so much has been 
accomplished without the 
traditional alumni financial 
support that underwrites 
older institutions. My wife 
and I want to help build the 
foundation that will ensure 
Brandeis's continued 

Building foundations for 
success is what Jon Davis 
does for a living. Davis is 
founder and chief executive 
officer of The Davis 
Companies, one of the 
largest and most successful 
privately held real estate 
development companies in 
the Northeast. Davis has 
acquired, developed, and 
rehabilitated more than 

$650 million worth of real 
estate since starting his 
career at age 20. He is 
known for creating 
architecturally tasteful and 
commercially successful 
transformations of aging, 
historic buildings into 
thriving new office, retail, 
and residential complexes, 
as well as for developing 
extensive new construction 

A "bootstrap" entrepreneur, 
Davis started his real estate 
career during his junior year 
at Brandeis. He completed 
his first major real estate 
project when he was only 
26, converting an 83-unit 
brownstone city block in 
the Jamaica Plain 
neighborhood of Boston into 
residential condominiums. 

With this development, 
Davis set the pace for the 
future, demonstrating 
capabilities key to his 
success: the vision to 
recognize hidden potential; 
a commitment to equality; 
and innovation in 
investment strategies. His 
projects include 
redeveloping Newbury 
Street's landmark Exeter 
Theater into retail and 
office space; building River 
Court, a $60 million high- 
rise condominium project in 
East Cambridge; and 
converting the Brimmer 
Street Garage on Beacon 
Hill into the nation's first 
condominium for cars. 

In 1992, he and a partner, 
Paul Marcus, formed Davis 
Investment Ventures, Inc., 
one of the first companies 
in New England to embark 
on the acquisition of 
commercial properties after 

the deep recession of the 
late 1980s, capturing these 
investments at attractive 
prices. Over the past few 
years, they have teamed up 
with two major insurance 
companies — Prudential and 
Metropolitan Life — in 
agreements to develop 
nearly one million square 
feet of new office space, at a 
time when land to develop 
these properties was 
significantly undervalued. 
This year, Davis has tapped 
a new area — Boston's fast- 
growing Seaport District — 
with the purchase of the 
550,000-square-foot Boston 
Design Center, New 
England's preeminent 
interior design facility, 
which houses 75 
showrooms that feature fine 
furnishings and fixtures in a 
converted industrial 
building dating from I9I9. 

When asked which aspect of 
his career has been most 
gratifying, Davis replies 
without hesitation, "I'm 
proudest of the fabulous 
team of talented people 
we've been able to put 
together, and the positive 
imprint we have been able 
to make on the 
communities in which 
we've been involved." 

Not only has Davis made 
physical imprints on the 
landscape through tasteful 
architecture and sensitivity 
to community concerns in 
his work, but he makes a 
significant impact with his 
volunteerism as well. 
Currently on the boards of 
the Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies, the New 

England Aquarium, and the 
United South End 
Settlements, Davis is a 
former board member of the 
Park School, the Chestnut 
Hill School, and Temple 
Israel of Boston. He is also 
active in the Dana Father 
Cancer Institute and the 
Massachusetts Society for 
the Prevention of Cruelty to 
Children. In June 1997, The 
New England Realty Unit of 
B'nai B'rith presented its 
Distinguished Achievement 
Award to Davis in 
recognition of his 
professional service and 
dedication to the 

Activism has been a way of 
life for Jon Davis since his 
teenage years. The oldest of 
three children, Davis credits 
his father for teaching him 
that you can accomplish 
anything that you believe 
you can. This power of 
belief, combined with his 
mother's commitment to 
community service, led 
Davis into early 
involvement with a variety 
of causes. "My parents were 
involved in the civil rights 
movement. I volunteered at 
an office for CORE in 
Pittsburgh where I grew up. 
Then the Vietnam War 
came. A lot of institutions 
were changing very rapidly. 
I identified with many 
causes, motivated, I'd like 
to think, by a social 
conscience and a belief in 
working for the greater 
good. And those things have 
not left me. Those 
philosophies fuel my 
involvement with causes I 
believe in today." 

Activism is important in 
family life as well. Margot, 
a psychiatric social worker 
at a community mental 

48 Brandeis Review 

Republic National Bank 
of New York Event 

health center, has also been 
involved in mission-driven 
organizations such as the 
Dana Father, Parents & 
Children's Services, and the 
Nativity School in Roxbury. 
Their two children are also 
involved in community 
service at their respective 

Brandeis is one of the causes 
the Davises believe in. With 
conviction, Davis explains, 
"We truly believe there is 
an important role today for 
an institution that is 
lewish-sponsored but 
nonsectanan, and 
committed to academic 
excellence and social 
justice. The University has 
strong and visionary 
leadership, and seems to me 
to excel in delivering a 
quality educational product. 
So this IS an opportune 
moment to fortify the 
institution's financial 
position, ensuring a strong 
foundation for continued 

Gift chair for his Brandeis 
2.Sth Reunion, Davis has 
also volunteered to serve as 
a non-Trustee member on 
the Board's Development 
Committee and Physical 
Facilities Committee. He 
asserts, "We must build 
new academic and 
residential facilities to 
compete for top students 
and enhance the 
endowment so that we can 
support competitive faculty 
salaries and student 
scholarships. Many peer 
institutions have mostly or 
fully endowed their 
financial aid. Brandeis is not 
in that position, thus 
putting enormous pressure 
on annual fund-raising. The 
founding families of the 

University brought Brandeis 
to life and supported it for 
the last 50 years. They gave 
a wonderful gift to 
American higher education, 
to the K'wish community, 
and to the students of 
Brandeis. Now is the time 
for the alumni, who have 
been the beneficiaries of 
that largesse, to step up and 
take responsibility for the 
University's future." 

Jonathan G. Davis '75 

Nearly 200 Brandeis 
Trustees, alumni, parents, 
and friends gathered on 
September 9 at Republic 
National Bank of New York 
to hear Brandeis alumnus 
and Trustee Thomas L. 
Friedman '75 speak about 
globalization as described in 
his New York Times best- 
selling book. The Lexus and 
the Ohve Tree. The event 
was graciously hosted by 
Brandeis parent Dov 
Schlein, chair of the Board 
of Republic National Bank. 

Chan of the event and 
Brandeis Trustee Louis 
Perlmutter '56 and Trustee 
and Cochair Bernard 

Allen Alter '71 and Esther 
Kartiganer '59 

49 1999 President's Report 

Dedication of Expanded 
Mildred Lee Gallery 

Fall 1999 Board of 
Fellows Reception 

On Thursday, October 7, 
1999, family and friends of 
Mildred and Herbert Lee 
gathered at the Rose Art 
Museum to celebrate the 
rededication of the 
expanded Mildred E. Lee 
Gallery. Due to a fall the 
night before, Mildred 
(Micki) was unable to 
attend and missed the many 
tributes given by President 
Jehuda Reinharz, Rose Art 
Museum Director Joseph 
Ketner, her son Trustee 
Tom Lee, and Chair of the 
Rose Art Museum Board of 
Overseers Jill Starr. 

'.t wilLDRED S. LIIE 

Trustee Tom Lee 

losL'ph Ketner. Director of 
'i the Rose Art Museum, and 
Herbert Lee 

Alex Lee, Suzanna Lee, 
Herbert Lee; foreground- 
Barbara Lee 

Herbert Lee, President 
Jehuda Reinharz, Trustee 
Samuel Stioum 

Report on Giving 

By now each member of the 
University community 
should have received the 
1998-99 Report on Giving. 
As always the Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations regrets any errors 
that escaped our attention. 
To the President's 
Councilors: we regret that 
an error occurred in the raw 
data translation of some 
names and we offer our 
sincerest apologies. We are 
confident that the 
installation and 
implementation of new 
software will alleviate this 
problem in the future. 

Our thanks for your 
understanding and 
continued support. 

Fellows, Trustees, and 
guests from the Boston area 
joined together on the 
evening of October 26, 
1999, in the Napoli Room at 
the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center to 
celebrate the hoodings of 
Daniel Abelman '7S, Hans 
Lopater, Annette Miller '58, 
M.F.A. '76, Michael Miller, 
and Shirley Spero as their 
official induction onto the 
Board of Fellows. Toby '60 
and Bernard Nussbaum, 
cochairs of the Fellows, 
welcomed the attendees and 
outlined ambassadorial, 
social, and student-oriented 
plans for the Fellows. Steve 
Grossman, chair of the 
Board of Trustees, extended 
his greetings and introduced 
David Gould, dean of 
admissions, who spoke 
about "The Power of a 
Small Research University" 
and his recent recruiting 
trips to Germany, Austria, 
and Jordan. President Jehuda 
Reinharz recounted the 
history of the Board of 
Fellows and its importance 
to the University before 
introducing each of the 
honorces and hooding them 
v/ith the help of the 
Nussbaums. Honorees and 
guests expressed delight 
with the evening and 
enthusiasm for future 

50 Brandcis Review 

Hans Lopater tells of his 
introduction to Brandeis 
through an exhibit on 
Viennese Jewry, which 
contained a picture of his 
childhood synagogue that 
had been destroyed on 
Kristallnacht. A former vice 
president of marketing for 
the Gillette Company, 
Hans is a member of the 
Tauber Institute for the 
Study of European Jewry 
Board of Directors. 

President Reinharz looks on 
as Daniel Abelman '75 
receives his recognition 
award as a Fellow from 
Toby '60 and Bernie 
Nussbaum, cochairs of the 
Fellows. Danny is the 
executive vice president, 
director and co-owner of 
Belmont Equities as well as 
co-owner of Zatar's Oven, a 
popular kosher restaurant 
in Brookline. He has also 
served as cochair of the 
Alumni Annual Fund and 
as Gift Committee chair for 
his 20th Reunion at 

Michael Miller shdics ^uinc 
reminiscences as Annette 
Miller '58, M.F.A. 76 looks 
on. Annette is a 
distinguished actress who 
has long been associated 
with the Theater Program 
at Brandeis and sits on the 
Fine Arts Council as well as 
the National Board for 
Women's Studies. Michael 
is a former assistant 
attorney general of 
Massachusetts, president 
and CEO of the Firestone 
Financial Corporation, and 
a partner in his law firm. 
During the decade he 
served as the chair of the 
Hillel Board of Directors at 
Brandeis, he was 
responsible for bringing the 
exhibit on Viennese Jewry 
to the University. 








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Shirley Spero. a former vice 
president of the Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee and a 
recipient of the Brandeis 
Distinguished Community 
Service Award, remembers 
some of the good times. 

Dean uj Admissions 
David Gould 

Trustee Suk 

Won Kim '70 (right) and 

his wife. Soon Moon Park 

Fellows and 
Trustees in 

Chair of the Board 
of Trustees 
Steve Grossman 

51 1999 President's Report 


Tibetan Activist Finally 
Safe at Home 

Delia and I'bunt^tuk Meston 

This past August, Da]a 
Meston '96 made 
international headlines 
when his fact-finding trip to 
China hecame a life- 
threatening ordeal. 
Detained in the small, 
northwest town of 
Xiangride, the site of an 
antipoverty program 
recently approved for 
funding hy the World Bank, 
Meston was subjected to 
days of nearly non-stop 
interrogation, forced 
confessions, and 
confiscation by Chinese 
secret police of his notes 
and film. Eventually, he 
either jumped or fell from a 
third floor window of the 

hotel room in which he was 
being held. 

Meston, whose Tibetan 
name is Thubten 
Wangchuk, sustained a 
broken back, crushed heels, 
and miury to his spleen, 
which had to be removed. 
He was first treated in a 
hospital m Qinghai 
province, then released by 
police to be flown to Hong 
Kong for further treatment. 
Finally, 1 1 days after his 
initial arrest, Meston was 
placed on a medical- 
evacuation aircraft to 
Boston, where he 
underwent additional 
evaluation and treatment at 
Brigham and Women's 
Hospital. He is currently 
recovering at home, 
confined to a wheelchair, 
and is expected to begin 
physical therapy soon. 
Doctors say that, with luck, 
he could be walking again 
m six months, but it may be 
as long as two years before 
the removal of the plates 
and screws that hold his 
feet together. 

The China Western Poverty 
Reduction Project, which 
Meston was researching, 
involves resettlement by 
the Chinese of about 58,000 
Chinese farmers from 
eastern Qinghai Province to 
western Qinghai's Dulan 
County, land currently 
occupied by Tibetan and 
Mongolian nomadic 
herders. Also proposed is 
the development of irrigated 
agriculture and rural 
infrastructure, including 
roads, drinking water 
supply, and electricity. 

Meston was graduated from 
Brandeis with a degree in 
sociology. He was raised in 
a Tibetan monastery in 
Katmandu, Nepal, where 
his mother left him when 
he was just 6 years old. 
Meston was born in Geneva 
as his parents traveled 
through Europe and Asia in 
the 1960s on a quest for 
spiritual growth. 
Eventually, they found their 
way to Dharmsala, India, 
the exiled home of the Dalai 
Lama and center of Tibetan 
Buddhism, and then 

From 1976 until 1985, when 
he was 15, Meston stayed at 
the monastery, an isolated 
place without access to 
television or magazines. 
There he lived with 79 
other monks, memorizing 
prayers, reciting what was 
learned, pondering 
philosophical questions, and 
cleaning assigned areas. 

After the monastery in 
Nepal, Meston was sent to a 
much larger monastery in 
southern India where, 
eventually, his yearning to 
discover the Western world 
took control of him. He left 
India at 16 and toured 
Europe alone, discarding his 
monk's robes and stopping 
along the way to work as a 
cook and handyman at a 
Buddhist center near Pisa, 

In 1987 he made his way to 
the United States and lived 
with family friends in 
Southern California. As a 
profile of him noted in the 
Hnindeis Review in 1995, 
both of Meston's parents 
were lewish, his grandfather 
wrote and produced the old 

52 Brandeis Review 

Stan Brooks Wins 
Michael Landon Award 

western TV series 
Gunsmoke, and he is 
related to Henrietta Szold, 
Zionist leader and Hadassah 
founder. Meston is married 
to Phuntsok, a Tibetan from 
India whom he met in the 
United States. 

The expenses for Meston's 
med-evac flights and 
medical bills will reach well 
over $200,000. 
Contributions can be made 
to the Bank Information 
Center/Daja Meston and 
sent to Bank Information 
Center, 733 I5th Street 
NW, Suite 1 126, 
Washington, D.C. 20005. 

A Web site at has been 
created by the Bank 
Information Center to 
provide background and 
updates about the World 
Bank resettlement project 
that Meston and Gabriel 
Lafitte, an Australian 
researcher, were visiting 
when they were detained by 
Chinese authorities. The 
World Bank's funding had 
been approved on condition 
that scrutiny of the project 
be permitted to outsiders. 
The project is now under 
investigation by the World 
Bank's Independent 
Inspection Panel. 

Meston is currently writing 
an article on this subject for 
a future issue of the 
Brandeis Review. 

Stan Brooks, 
Matthew Fox 

Stan Brooks '79 was 
recently selected by the 
California Governor's 
Committee for Employment 
of Disabled Persons 
(CGCEDP) as the 1999 
recipient of the Michael 
Landon Award. The award 
was presented to Brooks by 
Donald Sutherland, who 
worked with him on the 
critically acclaimed film 
Behind the Mask. 

The Michael Landon Award 
honors an individual who 
has consistently advanced 
the positive portrayal of 
persons with disabilities. 
According to the CGCEDP, 
Brooks's work "has 
consistently achieved and 
surpassed the criteria 

established by our 
committee." Brooks is 
president of Once Upon a 
Time Films. He developed 
the Academy Award- 
winning film Ram Man and 
has produced more than 20 
specials, television movies, 
and feature films. He is the 
former president of Guber- 
Peters Television. 

The CGCEDP was 
established in 1947 to work 
toward eliminating the 
barriers to employment for 
Californians who have 
disabilities. The committee 
advises the California 
governor's office on various 
employment issues, 
provides technical 
assistance to employers and 
employees, and engages in 
several projects and 

The award was presented to 
Brooks at the 1 7th Media 
Access Disability 
Awareness Awards held at 
the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 
October 24. 

53 1999 President's Report 

Brandejs's Legacy: 
Enduring Values 

Meyer Koplow '72, and his 
son, Michael '02, share an 
experience of Brandeis that 
is at once completely 
different and quite similar, 
depending on with whom 
you talk. But one thing is 
identical: they both 
thoroughly enjoy and 
appreciate the University. 

Transferring to Brandeis 
from Boston University for 
his junior and senior years, 
Meyer says, "My two years 
at Brandeis were probably 
the best two years I ever 
had doing anything. It was a 
terrific environment, 
helping me to develop 
intellectually, with 
extremely close and 
coUegial interaction with 
faculty, and absolutely 
terrific kids," he says. "If I 
had the opportunity to do it 
over again, I would." 

He talks further of a chance 
to learn from teachers who 
were great scholars, and the 
privilege of spending time 
with them on a one-on-one 
basis. He reminds the 
listener that this usually 
doesn't exist in a larger 
university setting. 

Koplow was married to a 
Boston University alumna 
the week before his 
graduation. He went on to 
NYU law school after 
spending a year in the 
Boston area teaching in 
private schools and running 
an afternoon Hebrew 

Koplow, a partner in the law 
firm of Wachteli, Lipton, 
Rosen & Katz in New York 
City, has three children, 
Michael (the oldest), a son 
starting his senior year in 
high school (and hoping to 
follow Michael at Brandeis), 
and an 1 1 -year-old daughter. 
'Nothing would make me 
happier than if they all go to 
Brandeis," he says. 

Michael went to Yeshiva 
University High School for 
Boys, and wanted to go to 
Yeshiva University. Meyer 
encouraged him to consider 
spending four years in an 
intellectual environment 
that was likely to expose 
him to some things he 
would not be exposed to at 
Y.U. Initially reluctant, 
Michael decided if he didn't 
like Brandeis he could 
always transfer back to 

'As things are now," says 
Meyer, "there isn't the 
slightest chance that you 
could entice him into 
transferring anyplace. He's a 
satisfied customer." 

Meyer grew up in Lynn, 
Massachusetts. When he 
went to New York to go to 
law school, he moved to 
New York with every 
intention of moving back to 
Boston. "But I got a summer 
job at a firm in New York 
and really loved it, and I've 
never left," he says. 

Now he can come to Boston 
to visit his son at Brandeis. 

"Times have changed, but in 
basic ways, I think the 
Brandeis experience is 
similar," says Meyer. 

"Michael has had an 
opportunity to get to know 
his professors very well, 

they are willing to spend 
time with students outside 
of class, and from my 
perspective it has 
stimulated his intellectual 
curiosity in a way that I 
found it did mine. And after 
all, that IS what university 
education is supposed to be 

Meyer majored in Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies, 
focusing on Jewish medieval 
history. Michael is a history 
major. There is a difference 
between a religiously 
oriented teaching 
institution and a liberal arts 
university, notes Meyer. 
'You can study books of the 
Old Testament in the two 
different schools and 
sometiines wonder whether 
you're studying the same 
thing. The focus in a 
university opens you up to 
biblical criticism, and the 
focus in a yeshiva is on 
rabbinical commentary and 
exegesis. So it's really quite 

After high school, Michael 
spent a year in Israel at 
Yeshiva. That was a great 
year too, he says, a totally 
different experience. 
"Intellectually Brandeis was 
such an opening from 
Yeshiva High School. I 
happen to like it better. I 
was on that campus for four 
years of high school, and 
going to that college would 
be like another four years of 
my high school. Another 
reason I'm happy I chose 
Brandeis was to change my 

Michael sees more contrasts 
than similarities to the 
Brandeis that his dad 
attended. "He was there in 
the sixties, a different era. I 
think it was a totally 
different experience, and 
things have calmed down a 
lot. He was there during the 
Ford Hall takeover. Nothing 
at all has happened like that 
since I've been here." 

Listen to Michael, the guy 
who was very hesitant to 
come to Brandeis: "I like 
the size of Brandeis — not 
too big, not too small that it 
feels like a high school. I 
like the fact that it's out of 
New York. I like the whole 
atmosphere of the campus. I 
like all my classes. I pretty 
much like everything." 

54 Brandeis Review 

Saul Wolfe '55 

New Jersey Alumni Club 


Haynes Named 
Associate Director 

Autumn Haynes 

Autumn Haynes has been 
named associate director of 
alumni relations. She is an 
alumna of Wellesley 
College and Case Western 
Reserve University. 

For nearly five years, 
Haynes worked at 
Northeastern University, 
where she was associate 
director of alumni relations, 
an office responsible for 
more than 140,000 alumni. 
She managed alumni 
programs and volunteers for 
all eastern New England 
alumni, graduates of the 
health sciences programs, 
graduates of the College of 
Computer Science, and the 
Alumnae Club for female 

"I am eager to work with the 
diverse Brandeis alumni 
body and continue to build 
on the Alumni 
Association's momentum. I 
also look forward to 
broadening alumni 
participation through the 
dynamic Alumni 
Association clubs and 
affinity groups that gather 
throughout the country and 
around the world," she says. 

A transfer student from 
Boston University, Saul 
Wolfe '55 had always 
planned to go to a big 
school. But after his first 
semester freshman year, he 
was invited to Brandeis's 
first Commencement. "I 
walked onto the Brandeis 
campus, and I listened to 
Abe Sachar and Eleanor 
Roosevelt, and I was just 
blown away. It was love at 
first sight. There was no 
place else I ever wanted to 
be. So I transferred three 
months later, in September 
of 1952, and that was it," he 

Was he taking a risk? 

"Different people have 
different attitudes," he says. 

"For me it was just the most 
exciting place imaginable. I 
was thrilled to be a part of 
those years. I never was so 
motivated in my life as 
when I'd be in a class with 
three or four students and a 
stimulating professor — they 
were the great men of the 
time. We spent the entire 
period in dialogue. The 
student body was so small 
that anybody who wanted 
to participate, could. 
Professors were accessible. 
It was amazing. Frequently 
a class would convene in 
the long-gone apple orchard. 
My personal deity was the 
chair of the economics 
department, Sven Larsen. 
He had a great big 
convertible, before the 
issues of gas guzzling, and 
he would load us into his 
car and we'd go to have a 
class at Walden Pond. It was 
an extraordinary time." 

Wolfe explains that his 
major, political economy — 
half economics and half 
politics — was created for 
him. After graduating from 
Brandeis he went to Harvard 
Law School, then returned 
to Newark, New Jersey. 
"Like many of my classmates 

I was smitten with the big 
firm mystique, and so I 
went with one of the big 
firms and hated it. Wolfe 
served his military 
commitment, and then 
clerked for a judge for a 
year. Worried that he 
wouldn't distinguish 
himself like so many of his 
Harvard Law School 
classmates, he decided that 
"my distinction would be 
that I'd be the first one in 
my class to retire." 

In 1960, about two years out 
of law school, he took off 
with a friend to travel 
around Europe for several 
months. Shortly after his 
return, he formed a 
partnership in 1961 with 
Gary SkoUof of "Baby M" 
fame. Thirty-seven years 
later, they are still law 
partners. High school 
classmates, in the army 
together — this is a lasting 
extraordinary relationship. 
Wolfe specializes in 
litigating the value of real 
estate while his partner 
specializes in all aspects of 
family law. Wolfe divides 
his time between career, bar 
activities (he was president 
of the New Jersey bar), and 
following his kids around to 
athletic events. He is 
married and the father of 
three grown children, 
identical twin boys and a 
girl. A soccer player at 
Brandeis, Wolfe enjoys 
watching his sons, gifted 
athletes who chose soccer 
as their passion. 

As the Alumni Club of New 
Jersey president, Wolfe is 
excited about continuing 
and building on the success 
of people who have done it 
before. He enjoys meeting 
with a varied group, "from 
new alums to classmates of 
mine going back into the 
dark ages. I think the 
consensus across all the 
groups is the Faculty-in-the- 

55 1999 President's Report 

Field IS consistently the 
most successful program, 
bringing back a flavor of the 
campus and intellectual 
stimulation." He is working 
on setting up more Faculty- 
in-the-Field events. Other 
ideas on the table; a tennis 
tournament that alumni 
attend as spectators and a 
channel for alumni who 
want to put their energy 
into participation in 
community service. 

Commencement was so 
moving for Wolfe that he 
attended about 25 in a row. 
"It was very uplifting for me. 
Every year I got a little 
booster shot of Brandeis by 
coming back for the 
ceremony in the spring." 

And what exactly is m this 
booster? "I found at 
Brandeis a willingness — 
indeed a desire — to question 
and challenge authority in a 
positive way. But this is 
more than just 'thinking for 
yourself.' It is the ability to 
hold something up to a 
rigorous standard, and turn 
it around and look at it, and 
say 'Do I agree with this? 
Does this make sense? Is it 
right because someone says 
it's right, or is it right 
because there's something 
more to it than that?' That 
is combined with a strong 
sense of basic values. 
Certainly I came away with 
an increased sensitivity to 
injustice — the fundamental 
ideas of right and wrong," 
he explains. 

"I was influenced by Sven 
Larsen and John Cotton 
Brown, who taught public 
administration. As a result 
of those two people, I 
seriously contemplated a 
career in academia and/or 
government. Brown got me 
to apply for a fellowship in 
political science at the 
University of Chicago. I 
won it, and I was very 

seriously considering that. 
But when my acceptance to 
Harvard Law School came 
through, the idea of going 
there and finding out what 
that would be like won the 
day," says Wolfe. 

A big part of his life has 
been devoted to addressing 
minority issues and creating 
equal opportunity in the 
political arena. "We went 
out to the neighborhoods 
and recruited people to take 
on the role of parents in 
terms of Boys Clubs and 
Boy Scouts. It was exciting 
and rewarding." Did he get 
some of that fervor at 
Brandeis? "No doubt in my 
mind," he says. 

'I grew up in a house where 
my father, who never 
finished grammar school, 
who had come from Europe, 
would say to me with tears 
in his eyes, 'They can take 
away your money, they can 
take away your property. 
The one thing nobody can 
take away from you is your 
education.' That was an 
orientation and a 
background that I think 
many of my classmates 

Message from the 
Alumni Association 

56 Brandeis Review 

Dear Brandeis Alumnus/a, 

Brandeis's 50th Anniversary 
proved to be a momentous 
year for the University and 
the Alumni Association. 
Seven new clubs were 
established in Houston, 
Charlotte, Detroit/Ann 
Arbor, Cincinnati, 
Baltimore, West Coast 
Florida, and Western 
Massachusetts. The Alumni 
Club of Northern California 
has enjoyed greatly renewed 
interest and alumni 
educational and social 
activities were abundant 
throughout the world. 

In this spirit of growth and 
excitement, the Brandeis 
University National 
Alumni Association 
implemented a number of 
changes that will improve 
communication, financing, 
club development, and 
continued outreach to 
alumni. Revisions to the by- 
laws made last spring now 
provide for staggered terms 
of Board members to 
develop more continuity, 
mentoring of Board 
members, leadership 
development, and 
representation. Financing of 
alumni activities will be 
budgeted through the 
National Association and 
the alumni office will 
continue to provide 
increased service to local 
club presidents and steering 

The alumni Web site 
has been enhanced and in 
the near future permanent 
e-mail forwarding addresses 
will be available to Brandeis 
University alumni. With 
permanent e-mail you will 
have a convenient way to 
maintain contact with 
friends and business 
associates even if you 
change your provider. 
Additional enhancements 
like bulletin boards and 
chat rooms are also coming. 

Reunion '99 was a great 
success, with more than 
1,000 alumni and family 
members returning to 
campus. Reunion 2000 will 
be held over the weekend of 
June 15-18, for the Classes 
of 1955, I960, 1965, 1970, 
1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, and 
1995. It is certain to be 
another outstanding 
weekend for you to 
reminisce and rejoice with 
classmates, acquaintances, 
and Brandeis faculty and 

Alumni Club Events 

Alumni Club ot New York City 
Brandeis House 
May 11 

Brantlcis House hosted a 
cocktails and conversation 
reception for University 
Provost Irving Epstein. The 
Provost discussed "A 
Glimpse into the Future — 
Brandeis: The Next 50 

Irving Epstein. Rosalind 
Chaikm Kaufmnn. and 
Riclmrd Kaufmnn '57 

Alumni Club of Southern 


Junes, 1999 

Alumni gathered for 

"margaritas and more" at the 
home of Laurie Slater 
Albert '74, where Barney 
Schwalberg, professor of 
economics, spoke. 
Schwalberg, who retired in 
spring 1999 after more than 
30 years of teaching at 
Brandeis, gave the talk 

"Communes Under Pressure: 
The American College and 
the Israeli Kibbutz." 

An exciting alumni travel 
program is being planned 
and we envision offering our 
first trips to destinations 
throughout the world 
within the year. Alumni 
travel is an extraordinary 
way to see the world and 
continue to study with a 
professor. If you are 
interested in more 
information about our plans 
please contact the alumni 

I encourage you to become 
active participants in your 
local alumni club programs 
and to continue to place 
Brandeis in your thoughts 
by assisting with alumni in 
need of employment 
assistance by ioining the 
Hiatt Career Network, 
helping to recruit new 
students through work with 
the Alumni Admissions 
Council, and 
philanthropically by 
contributing generously to 
the Alumni Annual Fund. 

Together we can continue 
to assist Brandeis 
University reach new 
heights in the new 

Richard Saivetz '69 
President, National Alumni 

Bernie Jacob '77. and 
Brandeis Trustee and Board 
of Fellows Cochair Toby 
Nusshaum '60 

^cti) Moldoit /y, tileen 
Cowell Henriques '62, 
Professor Barney 
Schwalberg. and Jim 
O'Neil '78. club president 

Sunny Brownrout i '. Kiiih 
Saltzman Jaffa '5.5. Sylvia 
Haft FirscJiein 'SS. club co- 
president. Use Goesmann 79, 
M.A. '86. and Joan 
Greenberger Gurgold '53. 
club co-president 

Alumni Club of 
West Coast Florida 

Brandeis has a new Alumni 
Club of West Coast Florida. 
To become involved with 
this club please visit the 
alumni Web site or call 
Adam M. Greenwald in the 
Office of Alumni Relations 
at 781-736-4055. 

Alumni Club of Northern 


Junes, 1999 

Alumni attended a wine and 
cheese reception at the 
Metropolitan Club, where 
recently retired Professor of 
Economics Barney 
Schwalberg spoke to the 
group. After discussing 
"Communes Under Pressure; 
the American College and 
the Israeli Kibbutz," a trivia 
contest was held. Linda 
Marks '62 and Robert 
Nayer '71 properly 
identified that 
Cholmondeley's, the 
Brandeis University 
coffeehouse in the Usen 
Castle, is named after a dog 
of Ralph Norman, the 
University's first 

57 1999 President's Report 

Alumni Club of Southern Florida 
June 24, 1999 

Alumni gathered for a wine 
tasting at Crown Wine and 
Spirits m Hollywood, where 
they tasted over 20 wines 
and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. 

Alumni Club of New York City 
Brandeis House 
June 22, 1999 

Alumni of all ages gathered 
at Brandeis House for a 
summer barbecue. 

Alumni Club of New Jersey 
July 17, 1999 

Thirty-five alumni and 
guests enjoyed the 1 1th 
annual outing to the A&P 
Tennis Classic in Mahwah 
The day began with 
breakfast at the Sheraton 
Crossroads and was 
followed by some of the 
finest women professiona 
players competing in the 
singles and doubles semi- 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston 
August 11, 1999 

Over 30 "alumni of the 
nineties" rekindled old 
friendships and made new 
acquaintances at Vinny 
Testa's restaurant in 
Brookline, Massachusetts, 
on Wednesday, August 11. 
The "Happy Hour" was 
generously sponsored by 
Marty Bloom '19, chair/ 
CEO of Vinny Testa's and 
president. Alumni Club of 
Greater Boston. 

Kami '59 and 
Burt '57 Meyers. 
Davida Shapiro 
Scher '69. Jeff Beal, 
Carlisle Towery, 
Susan Deutsch '62, 
club president, and 
lory '76 and Julia 
I 'robber 

Alumni Club of 
Westchester County 
August?, 1999 

The Alumni Club of 
Westchester County visited 
the Caramoor Jazz Festival 
in August. 

Alumni at breakfast 
prior to the tennis matches 

Minority Alumni Network 
September 30, 1999 

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, 
Ph.D. '80, president and 
chief executive officer of 
the Urban League of Eastern 
Massachuetts, gave 20 
members of the Minority 
Alumni Network 
encouragement about 
"Giving Back to Your 
Community" at the Faculty 
Club on campus. 

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, 
Ph.D. '80. and Joseph W. 
Perkins '66. chair of the 
Minority Alumni Network 

Peri Dreyjuss V8 and 
Eric Parker '93 

Jennifer Einstein '95, Sherri 
Geller '92, and Aii Marcus '91 

David Weisman '98 and 
Brian Irwm '98 

58 Brandeis Review 

Alumni Club Leaders 


William C. Miller '87 


Contact the Office of 
Alumni Relations 


Lauren Small 78 

Greater Boston 

Martin "Marty" Bloom '79 

Northern California 

James O'Neil '78 

Southern California 

Albert Speval '73 


Ruth Abrams Goldberg '53 
Audrey Rogovin Madans '53 


Debbie Moeckler Herman '87 


Darlene and Chuck 
Kamine '74 


Contact the Office of 
Alumni Relations 

Detroit/Ann Arbor 

Larry Nemer '75 

Southern Florida 

Steven Sheinman '79 

West Coast Florida 

Sylvia (Haft) Firschein '55 
Joan (Greenbergerl 
Gurgold '53 

Great Britain 

loan Givner Bovarnick, 
Ph.D. '69 


Alyssa Sanders '89 


Rose Weinberg '57 


Suk Won Kim '70 

Long Island 

Jaime Ezratty '86 

New Jersey 

Saul Wolfe '55 

New York City 

Amy G. DaRosa '94 


David J. Allon'81 

Washington, B.C. 

Seth K. Arenstein '81 

Westchester County 

Susan Deutsch '62 

Save the Date! 
Alumni Club Activities 
January/February 2000 

New Student Receptions 

January Alumni Club of Chicago 
January 15, 2000 

Annual Broomhall Event 

Alumni Club of Chicago 
January 20, 2000 

Downtown Lunch Series 
William S. Singer '62, 
attorney and presidential 
appointee to the 
Presidential Advisory 
Commission on Holocaust 
Assets in the United States 
will report on the work of 
the Presidential Advisory 
Commission on Holocaust 
Assets in the United States. 

Alumni Club of New York 
January 29, 2000 

NYU vs. Brandeis 


Coles Sports and Recreation 

Center at NYU 

February Alumni Club of Southern 
Florida February 9, 2000 

Downtown Luncheon 
Stanley Wakshlag '74, 
attorney representing 
professional athletics 
organizations in Florida 

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During the summer, alumni 
around the country hosted 
receptions and parties for 
members of the Class of 
2003. Thank you to all of 
our alumni hosts and 
volunteers in Baltimore 
(Don and Lauren Small '78), 
Boston (Lori '83 and Steve '82 
Gans), Northern California 
(Jeanette and Ike 
Goodman '54), Southern 
California (Jeffrey '79 and 
Tsilah '80 Burman), Chicago 
(Fran Sherman '84), 
Cincinnati (Charles "Chuck" 
and Darlene Kamine '74), 
Connecticut (Mark 
Simon '68), Dallas (Joel 
Leffler '71), Denver (Kaylah 
Campos Zelig '87), Southern 
Florida (Susan Jay '71), 
Hawaii (Ivette '86 and Jeff '88 
Stern), New Jersey (Margie 
and Larry Samuels '75), 
Rocldand County, NY (Ed '61 
and Judy '63 Feldstein), Long 
Island (Jaime Ezratty '86), 
New York City and 
Westchester County 
(Brandeis House and Dan 
Lehrman '64), Philadelphia 
(Eileen '78 and Ken '77 
Winter), and Washington, 
D.C. (David '73 and PhylUs '75 

S9 1999 President's Report 

inancial Statements 1 998-99 

A Report from the 
Executive Vice President 
and Cliief Operating 

The University ended its 
50th anniversary year with 
improved financial results 
and a stronger financial 
condition. Total net assets 
reached $419 million — an 
increase of $37 million 
over the prior year. The 
increase was driven 
mainly by endowment 
appreciation, gifts from 
alumni and friends, and 
improved operating 

During the year the 
University took advantage 
of the favorable interest 
rate environment to 
restructure and refinance 
the majority of its 
outstanding debt 
generating considerable 
future interest savings. 
The University's 
commitment to enhancing 
student services while 

increasing operational 
efficiencies continued 
with the outsourcing of 
Dining Services and 
University Health 
Services. These initiatives 
improved the flexibility 
and delivery of those 
services to students while 
contributing to the 
positive financial results. 

Although the University's 
financial condition has 
improved, many 
challenges remain. A 
major reinvestment in the 
physical plant is required 
over the next several 
years. Future projects 
under consideration 
include a new student 
center, improved and 
increased student housing, 
and upgrading classrooms 
with the latest technology. 
Increased resources for 
salaries are needed to 
retain and recruit top 
faculty and staff, and a 
larger endowment is 
necessary to continue to 
provide competitive 
scholarship assistance that 
attracts the best students 
regardless of their ability 
to pay. These challenges 

must be addressed to 
ensure Brandeis remains 
competitive at the upper 
tier of higher education. 

The entire University 
community is engaged in a 
strategic planning process, 
designed to address these 
challenges. The proposed 
capital campaign will also 
target major programmatic 
and financial components 
of the University in order 
to continue to strengthen 
Brandeis as we enter the 
21st century. I look 
forward to facing these 
challenges and reporting 
on our progress next year. 

Peter B. French 
Executive Vice President 
and Chief Operating Officer 

60 Brandeis Review 

Financial Higliliglits 

Years Ending June 30 




Total Unrestricted Revenues 
Total Unrestricted Expenses 




Principal sources of unrestricted revenue 

Net tuition, fees, and auxiliary enterprises 


Sponsored programs, grants, and contracts 

Net assets released from restrictions 

Principal uses of unrestricted expenses 

Instruction and sponsored programs 
Libraries and student services 
General and administrative 
















Pooled Endowment Funds 
Book value 
Market value 




University Debt 




University Assets 
University Liabilities 




University Net Assets 
Temporarily Restricted 
Permanently Restricted 




61 1999 President's Report 

lass Notes 



40th Reunion 

Information submitted to Class 
Notes will appear no sooner than 
six months after its receipt by the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations. Due to space 
limitations, we usually are unable 
to print lists of classmates who 
attend each other's weddmgs or 
other functions. News of 
marriages and births are included 
in separate listings by class. 
Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an 
inaccurate submission is 
published, the Brandeis Review 
will correct any errors in the next 
possible issue, but must disclaim 
responsibility for any damage or 


lune Goldman, Class 
Correspondent, 15 Preston Beach 
Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 

Natasha Litvich Saltzman owns 
and operates her own bed and 
breakfast on Cape Cod. 


Sydney Abend, Class 
Correspondent, 304 Concord 
Road, Wayland, MA 01778 

Elliot Aronson became the only 
individual m the history of the 
American Psychological 
Association to receive both its 
highest award for research and its 
highest award for teaching. 
iVlarilyn Baker Appel was 
promoted to assistant dean for 
faculty development and research 
professor of medicine at MCP 
Hahnemann University School of 
Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. 
Joan Benjamin is keeping busy 
with her grandchildren, volunteer 
work, and courses in archaeology 
and Judaica in Brookline, MA. 

55 45th Reunion 

ludith Paull Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 838 N. Doheny 
Drive, #906, Los Angeles, CA 

Start thinking about what will 
make our 45th in 2000 the best of 
all the Reunions of the glorious 
Class of '55. Send us your ideas 
and we will put them into action. 
— ludy 

Ted Cron, widower of Lee 
Heilpern Cron, created an 
endowed scholarship at Brandeis 
in memory of his wife. Herb 
Lewis retired from the University 
of Wisconsin-Madison after 35 
years of teaching and is now 
professor emeritus of 

anthropology. He remains active 
in research and writing and enjoys 
traveling with his wife Marcia 
Batbash Lewis '58. 


Leona Feldman Curhan, Class 
Correspondent, 366 River Road, 
Carlisle, MA 01741 

Sondra Shayevitz Bernard and 
Arthur Bernard retired and moved 
from Los Angeles, CA, to 
lamesville, NY, to be closer to 
their family. Tania Grossinger 
lectured at Brown University after 
learning that a sociology course 
on the CatskiUs Mountains was 
using her book Growing Up at 
Grossinger's as part of their 
syllabus. She is travel editor of 
the Long Island Jewish World, 
The Manhattan Jewish Sentinel. 
and The Rockland lewish 


Wynne Wolkenberg Miller, Class 
Correspondent, 14 Larkspur Road, 
Waban, MA 02168 

Robin Brooks has been appointed 
director of visitor relations at the 
University of Massachusetts- 
Amherst. He remains in charge of 
the Visitors Center and will serve 
as an advisor to the 
commencement coordinator as 
well as handle other assignments 
for the Department of 
Communications and Marketing. 
Wynne Wolkenberg returned to 
campus for Alumni College '99 
along with Phyllis Goldberg 
Glazerman, Leo Surette, Deborah 
Lewis Raboy and Sy Raboy, Judy 
Myers Langenthal, Rita Roth 
Levine, Judy Stavis, Sandra 
Malkin Greenberg, and Carole 
Wolfe Herman. 


ludith Brecher Borakove, Class 
Correspondent, Ten East End 
Avenue, 2-F, New York, New 
York 10021 

Henry Grossman was on a panel 
for Fox/TV cable showing some of 
his pictures of lohn F. Kennedy Jr. 
during the weekend of the 
memorial services. A 
retrospective of his work was 
displayed at Dreitzer Gallery in 
Spingold Theater this fall. Alan 
Laufman was re-elected in March 
to his fifth term as selectman in 
the town of Harrisville, NH. His 
two sons joined him as partners 
in the Organ Clearing House LLC, 
which locates homes for old pipe 
organs. Marilyn Rau attended the 
national convention of American 
Association of University 
Women. She is treasurer and 
public policy officer for the Palm 
Beach County branch. 

Sunny Sunshine Brownrout, Class 
Correspondent, 87 Old Hill Road, 
Westport, CT 06880 

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is serving 
as president of the Authors Guild 
of America and board member of 
several nonprofit organizations 
including the Brandeis University 
Women's Studies Program, the 
City University of New York 
Graduate Center Women's 
Studies Center, the Ms. 
Foundation for Education and 
Communication, and the UlA- 
Federation Women's Network. In 
addition, she is lecturing on her 
book. Getting Over Getting 
Older, which deals with mid-life 
angst and the meaning of time. 

Peter Diepold 

Peter Diepold lectures on the use 
of computers in education at 
Humboldt University in Berlin, 
Germany, where he has 
established a central German Web 
Server for educational 
information and materials. 
Edward Friedman missed the 40th 
Reunion due to a trip to lapan, 
Hong Kong, Australia, China, and 
Taiwan for various conferences, 
lectures, and research. Linda 
Kneucker began a three-year 
training program for sexual and 
family counseling at the Vienna 
Institute for Holistic Medicine. 
Gloria Orenstein returned from 
the Women's Studies Conference 
in Albuquerque and is enjoying 
her new granddaughter, fudith 
Rich Harris's daughter was 
married in July 1999. Bernice 
Salomon Kurchin completed her 
Ph.D. in anthropology at the 
Graduate Center, City University 
of New York. Her dissertation 
topic was the Roman Frontier m 
Britain. She has been appointed a 
research associate at Hunter 
College for the coming year. Joel 
Woldman was diagnosed with 
leukemia in January 1998 and 
underwent chemotherapy. His 
identical twin Murray Woldman 
was the bone marrow transplant 
donor. In September 1998 they 
resumed their antique business in 
Alexandria, VA, and live in their 
1854 Greek revival home. 

Joan Silverman Wallack, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Linden Shores, 
Unit 28, Branford, CT 06405 

Phyllis Gootman is the proud 
grandmother of two grandsons. 
Marc Jacobs works as senior 
program analyst at the U.S. Secret 
Service in Maryland. He and his 
wife Judy Mehaloft Jacobs are 
enjoying their two grandchildren. 


ludith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 

Morris Blachman has been 
designated as the recipient of the 
1999 Columbia, South Carolina 
Jewish Community's 
Distinguished Service Award. 
This award honored him for his 
lifetime of leadership and service 
to the community. Martin Zelnik 
was honored by the Interior 
Design Educators Council at its 
annual conference in Clearwater, 
FL. A professor of interior design 
and full time member of the 
faculty at the Fashion Institute of 
Technology for over 30 years, he 
was honored for his contributions 
to interior design education and 
tor the three professional design 
handbooks that he has 


Ann Leder Sharon, Class 
Correspondent, 13890 Ravenwood 
Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 

Phyllis Chinn and Phil Wagreich 

co-ran a workshop on effective 
ways to teach math to prospective 
teachers. Both have grants from 
the National Science Foundation 
to support their work. Phyllis is 
currently chair of the math 
department at Humboldt State 
University of California. Phil is a 
professor of mathematics at the 
University of Illinois-Chicago. 
Harold Fetterman is chair of the 
Engineering Faculty Executive 
Committee and has been 
promoted to an above scale 
professor at the University of 
California at Los Angeles. Linda 
Marks joined the Flexibility 
Consulting and Training Practice 
of Boston. She works from her 
home in San Francisco and enjoys 
the frequent travel. Martin Quitt 
IS dean of graduate studies and 
vice provost for research at the 
University of Massachusetts- 
Boston Robert Richman 
published a chapter in the 
Handbook of Physiology on the 
regulation of fetal growth. He was 
awarded a research grant to study 
the effects of puberty on the sense 
of smell. Martin Wiener spent the 
academic year of 1998-99 at the 

62 Brandeis Review 

News Notes 

Woodrow Wilson Center in 
Washington, D.C., as a scholar 
working on a hook that focuses 
on homicide in 19th-century 
Britain. He has since returned to 
Rice University. He enjoyed 
catching up with Richard 
Burgerand and Phi! VVagreich at 
Reunion. Richard is a research 
scientist at a drug firm in NYC. 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #16B, New York, NY 

Robert Abramson's son was 

married this year. Steve Cohen 
continues to present negotiation 
skills training for corporations in 
the United States and overseas. In 
addition, he is visiting associate 
professor of negotiation at 
GroupeHEC, a business school in 
France. Donna Divine's daughter 
Elana '01 is a junior at Brandeis 
and was asked to lead Shachnt 
services for Rosh Hashanah on 
campus. Lawrence Goldman is 
second vice president of the 
National Association of Criminal 
Defense Lawyers for the 1999- 
2000 term. He is a lawyer with 
Goldman and Gafetz and has been 
practicing criminal law for over 
25 years. Leonard Lubinsky is 
executive director of the 
Northeast Foundation for 


Shelly A. Wolf, Class 
Correspondent, 113Naudain 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Deborah Beck displayed her 
paintings and monoprints at the 
Mohawk Valley Center for the 
Arts in New York. Deborah 
Bernhardt Mowshowitz was 
awarded the Columbia University 
Presidential award for 
outstanding teaching. Mark 
Cohen completed his 26th year 
teaching Jewish history at 
Princeton University. His most 
recent book. Under Crescent and 
Cross: The lews m the Middle 
Ages, has been translated into 
Turkish and will soon appear in 
Hebrew. Michael Freed was listed 
as one of the best doctors in 
Boston in the luly 1999 issue of 
Boston Magazine. Knut Holtedahl 
IS professor of general medicine at 
the University of Tromsoe, 
Institute of Community Medicine 
in Norway Bernie Kepke is 
proprietor of Kepke Audio Video 
Design, a custom electronic 
design and installation firm. He 
also creates systems for houses of 
worship and does some recording 
engineering and live sound 
reinforcement systems. Joan 

Paller Bines is director of the 
Golden Ball Tavern Museum in 
Massachusetts and has a new 
granddaughter. Stuart Paris is the 
founder and president of Paris 
International Corporation, an 
employee benefits and financial 
planning firm in New York. His 
son (ason '92 is an attorney and 
daughter Gail '97 is a candidate 
for a special education master's 
degree. Arnie Reisman enjoyed 
the 35th Reunion and felt the 
class proved to themselves that 
they are an extended family. 

Melvin Silberman 

Mel Silberman is an education 
professor at Temple University 
and received the Lindback 
Foundation Award for 
Distinguished Teaching. 

65 35th Reunion 

Joan L. Furber Kalafatas, Class 
Correspondent, 3 Brandywyne, 
Wayland, MA, 01778, 

Don't forget... we are heading into 
another big Reunion year — our 
35th and the new millennium are 
all happening at the same time. If 
you haven't already done so, 
please share your recent personal 
history by e-mailing or contacting 
me. I'm looking forward to seeing 
you all. — Joan 

Saha AmaraSingham was recently 
appointed senior performance 
monitor and evaluation advisor 
on collaborative USAID, 
UNAIDS, WHO, and EU global 
efforts in HIV prevention, AIDS 
care, and STD control. Anne 
Bernstein was elected vice 
president of the American Family 
Therapy Academy for the term 
1999-2001. Anne Cohen Richards 
and Tiparat Schumrum, M.A. '68, 
have coedited a book-project. 
Invitations to Dialogue: The 
legacy of Sidney M. fourard. 

honoring the professional 
contributions of Sidney Jourard. 
William Friedman owns Tarragon 
Realty Investors, which develops, 
builds, and operates luxury and 
affordable housing projects in 
Florida, Texas, Connecticut, and 
California. His firm is ranked 
number one m total returns to 
shareholders among all real estate 
investors for the past year. Joel 
Gressel is living in New York 
with his wife and two daughters 
splitting his time between 
composing music and developing 
software. He released a CD, The 
Computer Music of loel Gressel. 
Don Lubin teaches several classes 
on ferns at the New England Wild 
Flower Society. He is bringing 
several hybrid Wood Fern 
specimens to the Asa Gray 
Flerbarium, including one 
Norfolk county record. He is still 
living in the house in Allston he 
bought two years after graduating 
from Brandeis and has 46 fern 
^pecies in the yard. 


Kenneth E. Davis, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Mary Chilton 
Road, Needham, MA 02192 

George Baral has returned from a 
spiritual pilgrimage to Bali. He is 
now starting two businesses, one 
in high-end remodeling and one 
in residential property 
management. Howard Barkan is a 
research methodologist and 
statistician, functioning as a 
consultant after a 10-year stint as 
a university faculty member. He 
is living in Berkeley with his wife 
and daughter. He plays guitar and 
is performing in various venues. 
In his spare time, he is an avid 
photographer and passes the time 
in the mountains. Elias 
Baumgatten presented a paper, 
Zionism. Nationalism, and 
Morality, at a philosophy 
symposium at the American 
University in Beirut, Lebanon. 
Judith Lewis was appointed to the 
Secretary's Advisory Committee 
on Genetic Testing. 


Anne Reilly Hort, Class 
Correspondent, 4600 Livingston 
Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10471 

Susan Bailis was awarded the 
Community Dignity of Life 
Award by the chaplaincy at 
Brandeis University. She is also 
one of 12 women to be inducted 
into the Academy of Women 
Achievers, and was chosen for her 
commitment and activism for the 
betterment of human life and 
society. She is cochair/CEO of 
Solomont Bailis Ventures of 
Belmont, MA. Michael Blumberg 
celebrated his 25th wedding 

What have you been doing 
lately? Let the alumni relations 
office know. We invite you to 
submit articles, photos (black 
and white photos are preferred), 
and news that would be of 
interest to your fellow 
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'70 30th Reunion 

anniversary, his daughter's college 
graduation, and his son's 
sophomore year in college. After 
practicing medicine in Richmond, 
VA, for 22 years, he returned to 
school and earned a master's 
degree in health administration. 
Jeff Civins loined the Austin 
office of the Dallas-based law 
firm of Haynes and Boone to head 
up the firm's Natural Resources, 
Energy and Environment section. 
He also serves as adjunct 
professor at the University of 
Texas School of Law, going on 
nine years, teaching a seminar on 
environmental litigation. Rena 
Fruchter and Brian Dallow '67 
celebrated 3 1 years of marriage 
with their four children and three 
grandchildren. They founded 
Music for All Seasons a nonprofit 
organization providing live 
therapeutic music programs in 
hospitals, hospices, geriatric 
centers, prisons, and special 
children facilities, Evelyn 
Heineman Mareth is president of 
The Accuracy Company in 
Fairfield, CT, where she has 
developed training courses for 
employees to reduce data errors. 
Her services are utilized by 
financial, healthcare, insurance 
providers, and manufacturing 
companies. Robert Hort was 
graduated cum hiudc from 
Yeshiva University's Cardozo 
School of Law. He expects to 
continue as chair of the Board of 
Enterprise Inc. while waiting to 
be tapped for the bench. Phillip 
Saperia purchased a vacation 
home along the Delaware River in 
New Jersey Morris Vogel is 
acting dean of Temple 
University's College of Liberal 
Arts and has been a faculty 
member in the department of 
history since \^)7^. He and his 
wife Ruth Seltzer Vogel '68 
continue to live in ElUins Park, 
PA. Marcia Weinberger recently 
celebrated her 15th anniversary 
with Xerox Corporation, where 
she IS a human factors specialist. 
She IS also an antiques collector 
and dealer in Los Angeles. 


David Greenwald, Class 
Correspondent, 3655 Aquetong 
Road, Carversville, PA 18913 

Samuel Heilman was invited to 
lecture on Jewish studies at the 
University of Nanjing in China, 
where he and his wife Ellin 
Kaufman Heilman '69 spent the 
summer. Their son, Avi, is a 
member of the Class of 2002, and 
their son, Uri '98, is a reporter in 
New York City. 

Phoebe Epstein, Class 
Correspondent, 205 West 89"'' 
Street #10-S, New York, NY 

Jonathan Bernstein and Penny 
Presssman Bernstein '68 recently 
attended their daughter's 
graduation from high school, and 
have a son who is a high school 
junior Kingsley Ikpe is an 
investment banker and chair of 
Fidelity Union Merchant Bank 
Limited. In addition, he is 
president/chief executive of a 
stockbroker firm, Thomas 
Kingsley Securities Limited. 
Arthur Levy has produced an 
annotated Folk. Gospel and 
Blvcs: Will the Circle Be 
Unbroken (1920-1994), and 
annotated International Music: 
Sony Music around the World, 
part of 12 musical genres included 
in Sony Music 100 Years: 
Soundtrack For a Century, a 26- 
CD/300-page "coffee-table" book 
package. He has written liner 
notes this year for the Rhino/ 
Warner Brothers' box-set on 
Sammy Davis Jr.; and Hear It 
Now! The Sound of the 60s, a 
companion to Walter Cronkite 
and Fred Friendly's historic / Can 
Hear It Now: The 60s; and 
contributed to Hillary Clinton's 
AU-Star Sing America: A Benefit 
to Save America's Treasures. Saul 
Perlmutter was honored by the 
Board of the Directors of 
University of Massachusetts/ 
Amherst Hillel for his 25 years of 
service as director. Saul and 
Shoshana '70 Zonderman's 
daughter Ariela is a member of 
the Class of 2003. Shoshana 
recently led a family education 
session for families of Jewish Day 
School in Dnepropetrovsk, 
Ukraine. She is director of the 
Sulamot Jewish Family Education 
Initiative of the Harold Gnnspoon 
Foundation of Western 
Massachusetts. Nancy Sherman 
Shapiro is director of the 
University System of Maryland's 
K-16 Partnership for Teaching and 
Learning. Her new book. Creating 
and Learning Communities, is 
available. She also edited a special 
issue of Metropolitan Universities 
devoted to the role of higher 
education in public school 
reform. Luis Yglesias is program 
director in the Workforce/ 
Continuing Education 
Department at Brookhaven 
College. He is also coordinating 
an academic exchange program 
with World University of Madrid. 

Charles S. Eisenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Ashford Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02159 

Hard as it may he to believe, we 
will celebrate our 30th Reunion 
next year. The dates will be 
June 15-18, 2000, and any one 
who wants to help can contact 
me through the Office of Alumni 
Relations, at 61 7-964-3098, or at — Chuck 

Roy DeBerry is executive vice 
president of Jackson State 
University m Missouri. Ann- 
Louise Foreman Kleper was 
installed as national chair of the 
Women's Constituency of United 
Jewish Communities, the new 
entity created through the merger 
of the United Jewish Appeal and 
the Council of Jewish 
Federations. She cochaired a 
mission to Vilnius, Minsk, and 
Israel for Campaign chairs and 
directors from around the 
country, including Peter Alter '69, 
cochaii of the Detroit campaign. 
iWurray Gordon joined Ernst and 
Young LLP as principal in the 
national office where he advises 
foreign and U.S. based 
multinational enterprises on 
transfer pricing and related 
international tax planning. Pranay 
Gupte IS editor and publisher of 
The Earth Times and a columnist 
for Newsweek International, and 
has started a new publishing 
company. Earth Times Books. 
Judy Gollinger Savage and Norm 
Savage '68 arc the proud parents 
of fenna '99 Martha Kanter is 
president of De Anza College, 
leads the California virtual 
education program for 
community colleges, and is 
creating a state-of-the-art high- 
tech high school m San Diego, 
CA. Andreas Kisch is head of the 
Learning Technologies 
Department of MGIROS, the 
seventh largest private Swiss 
company, which develops 
computer and intranet-based 
training applications for 
personnel. Jane Klein Bright is 
involved with a statewide 
campaign to reduce disease- 
causing air pollution and is part 
of a group educating her town on 
the environmental links to 
cancer. She was diagnosed with 
breast cancer, but it was caught 
early and now feels she is cured. 
In addition, she volunteered to be 
the program chair for the class' 
30th Reunion. Ann-Louise Juan 
Llado manages the regional 

tourism office in Barbados. Peter 
Skagestad's paper Pierce's 
Inkstand as an External 
Embodiment of Minds is 
appearing in the next issue of the 
Transactions of the Charles S. 
Peirce Society. It was originally 
read at the Society's annual 
meeting in Washington, D.C. 


Beth Posin UchiU, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malta Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02467 

Debora Cotton Lipsett is the 

assistant provost and director of 
clinical research at Boston 
University Medical School. Her 
husband Roger Lipsett is a 
software engineering manager at 
Kronos, Inc. Daniel Maverick 
Falkoff enjoys his engineering 
work and has recently become a 
single working parent. Gary 
Glaser recently resigned as 
partner of the law firm of 
Winston and Strawn to accept a 
partnership in the NYC office of 
Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and 
Geraldson. He lives in Old 
Bethpage, NY, with his wife and 
two children. Richard Kopley is 
the head of the English division at 
the Commonwealth College of 
Penn State. He has written the 
introduction and notes for a new 
edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The 
Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym 
of Nantucket. In addition, he is 
the organizer for the International 
Edgar Allan Poe Conference. Irit 
Krygier is an independent art 
curator and art writer living in 
Los Angeles. Her most recent 
exhibition. The Unreal Person: 
Portraiture in the Digital Age, 
was held last year at the 
Huntington Beach Art Center. 
She is also a correspondent for Ken Sackman's 
daughter, Caryn '02, is on the 
varsity volleyball team. He is an 
attorney with Gilbert and 
Sackman, where he represents 
lalior unions, pension, and health 
plans. Lou-Ellen Saidel retired as 
a labor and delivery nurse and 
earned her certification from the 
International Board of Lactation 
Consultants and now practices at 
Prentice Women's Hospital, 
Northwestern University, in 
Chicago. Loretta Vitale Saks was 
appointed director of Field 
Instruction at the National 
Catholic School of Social Service. 
She recently celebrated her 29th 
wedding anniversary. Adele 
Wolfson was appointed faculty 
director of the Science Center at 
Wellesley College, where she is 
professor of chemistry and directs 
the Biological Chemistry 

64 Brandcis Review 


Dan Garfinkel, Class Correspondent, 
2420 Kings Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 

Ellen Abraham lives in 
southwestern New Hampshire 
with her two children. Barbara 
Freedman Wand was selected to 
write a regular column m a new 
national publication Elder's 
Advisor. Her columns will feature 
advice on estate planning issues 
such as integrating retirement 
benefits into the estate plan, 
estate planning for clients who 
have been divorced, and vehicles 
for charitable giving. Allan 
Friedman moved back to St. Louis 
from Michigan and is medical 
director of the Ambulatory Care 
Center at Cardinal Glennon 
Children's Hospital. Sarah 
Gordon Krakauer is in private 
practice in Williamsburg, VA, 
with a special interest in treating 
dissociative disorders. David 
Gotthelf completed his second 
year as director of student 
services for the Lmcoln-Sudbury 
Regional School District. For 
several years he had the 
opportunity to work with Dr. 
Peter Witt, former director of the 
education program at Brandeis, 
teaching seniors at Brandeis and 
Wellesley College. His eldest 
daughter became a Bat Mitzvah 
this year. Ross Halper just 
completed a San Francisco cabaret 
run of his own translation of 
Oscar Straus's Wagner satire The 
Merry Nibelungs. He also directed 
The Ballad of Baby Doe at North 
Bay Opera in Fairfield, CA, where 
he IS resident stage director. 
Elaine Heimberger Tulis practices 
as a clinical psychologist in 
Chappaqua, NY. She is producing 
the senior class musical next year 
at Horace Greeley High School. 
Julie Hollins is finishing an 
American literature dissertation 
at Yale University and this fall 
joins the faculty at Albertus 
Magnus College in New Haven, 
CT. This year her son was 
graduated from high school. 
Randy Kovacs is a member of the 
faculty at Bradley University 
School of Communication in 
Connecticut. Haim Kreisel is 
living in Omer, Israel, and chairs 
the newly formed Department of 
fewish Thought at Ben-Gurion 
University of the Negev. He 
published Maimonides' Political 
Thought with SUNY Press. 
Robert Levin is contemplating a 
return to secondary school 
teaching or to remain a college 
professor. The public charter 
school he helped to organize 
completed its first year of 
operation in Pittsburgh, PA, this 
lune Elliot Maggin's latest novel. 
Kingdom Come, was published by 
Warner Books (onathan Mark is 
proiect manager for the city of 

Vancouver's information 
technology department. He is 
responsible for managing the 
city's Geographic Information 
Systems. Marcia Meizel Binder is 
a medical family therapist and 
stress management consultant at 
Saints Memorial Medical Center 
in Lowell, MA. Carla Micalove 
Singer is coordinator of the Lillian 
and A.l. Weinberg Center for 
Holocaust Education at the 
Breman Jewish Heritage Museum 
in Atlanta, GA. Dale Pollock is 
dean of the school of filmmaking 
at North Carolina School of the 
Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. He 
and his wife Susan O'Keeffe 
Pollock '73 have three children. 
Kim Resnik Gerth is director of 
public relations and marketing for 
The Art Institute of Atlanta and 
is currently working on a master's 
degree in communication from 
Georgia State University. Sarada 
George's daughter Erica '00 is a 
senior at Brandeis and sings in a 
Balkan band and women's chorus. 
Mark Tulis was elected chair of 
the Board of Directors of the 
Westchester County Healthcare 
Corporation, which manages the 
Westchester Medical Center. He 
continues to be involved in 
Republican politics and serves on 
the boards of several 
environmental and public interest 
organizations. He practices law 
with Oxman, Natale, Friedman, 
Geiger and Tulis, O.C. in 
Westchester County, NY, and 
continues to work on his Softball 
homerun swing. Stanley 
Wallerstein established his own 
law office in Newton, MA, and 
took a two-week vacation to 


Janet Besso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 444 Central Park 
West #.?.H, New York, NY 1002.S 

Alice Bendix Gottlieb is returning 
to Brandeis to give a talk to the 
chemistry department. She is WH 
Conzen chair in clinical 
pharmacology and professor of 
medicine at The University of 
Medicine and Dentistry of New 
Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson 
Medical School in New 
Brunswick, NJ. She is also 
director of the clinical research 
center and associate chair for 
research in the Department of 
Medicine. Janet Besso Becker has 
loined The Synergos Institute as 

director of operations after five 
years of consulting with 
international organizations and 
American companies regarding 
their establishment of businesses 
in overseas markets. She is 
responsible for strategic planning, 
administration, and 
organizational development. Amy 
Golahny received a research grant 
from the German government 
with which she will focus on 
Rembrandt's work in museums 
and libraries in Germany. 
Marshall Herskovitz's new series 
Once and Again was introduced 
for seven weeks on ABC this fall. 
Rhonda Jacobs Kahn and her 
husband were honored by 
Solomon Schechter Day School of 
Bergen County. She currently 
serves as director for the Women's 
League for Conservative Judaism 
in Manhattan. Gabor Rona spent 
a year trekking through the 
jungles of Malaysia and the lower 
heights of the Himalayas, and 
teaching constitutionalism to 
lawyers from the former Soviet 
bloc at Budapest's Central 
European University. He also 
serves as a staff attorney at the 
Center for Constitutional Rights 
in New York. Lee Rudner is a 
probation supervisor in Fort 
Collins, CO. He lives there with 
his wife and two teenage 
daughters. Jeremy Spector was 
appointed to a two year term as 
chair of the subcommittee on 
Important Developments of the 
Tax-Exempt Financing 
Committee of the Section on 
Taxation of the American Bar 
Association in New Jersey. 


Elizabeth Sarason Pfau, Class 
Correspondent, 80 Monadnock 
Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 

David Bloomfield has been 
appointed associate professor of 
educational administration and 
policy at Brooklyn College, City 
University of New York. Susan 
Feigenbaum Pepose was the 
recipient of the 1998 Governor's 
Award for excelling in teaching 
and the 1999 Chancellor's Award 
for Outstanding Teaching. She is 
a professor of economics at the 
University of Missouri-St. Louis. 
Steven Goldberg is director of 
program development for the 
New York City Partnership and 
Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Marc 
Maimone is an environmental 
engineer for the firm of Camp 
Dresser and McKee in Woodbury, 
Long Island. Mindy Milberg 
Benjamin opened her own law 
practice, concentrating on 
employment law, alternative 
dispute resolution, and estate 
planning. Todd Miller lives in 
Israel and looks forward to 

hearing from any classmates 
traveling in the area. Ernie 
Rubinstein's dissertation from 
Northwestern University, An 
Episode of fewish Romanticism: 
Franz Rosenzweig's Star of 
Redemption, was published. He 
enjoys teaching classes on 
religion at New York University's 
School of Continuing Education. 
Margaret Tatnall Fuller is an 
associate professor in the 
Departments of Developmental 
Biology and Genetics at the 
Stanford University School of 
Medicine. She lives on the 
Stanford campus with her 
husband and two children. Alice 
Yelen was appointed by President 
Clinton and confirmed by the 
U.S. Senate to serve on the federal 
advisory board of the National 
Museum Services Board. She will 
provide policy advice to the 
Institute of Museum and Library 
Services. She is the assistant 
director for special proiects at the 
New Orleans Museum of Art 
where she originates exhibitions, 
writes catalogs, and coordinates 
traveling exhibitions. 

75 25th Reunion 

Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue, 
#4G, New York, NY 10009 

We're much too young to be 
celebrating our 25th Reunion, but 
let's take on the 21st century 
together and figure out what 
dreams we still want to fulfill! It's 
been an amazing quarter-century, 
so come for the celebration and to 
renew old friendships that will 
sustain us for the next 25 years! — 

Barbara Alpert coauthored Make 
a foyful Table: A Healthy 
Exchanges Cookbook. Ellen 
Aschkinsasi works for BCT.Telus 
Communications. Robert Berger 
is the CBS Radio correspondent in 
Jerusalem. He won his third 
Sigma Delta Chi Award from the 
Society of Professional Journalists 
for "Radio Spot Reporting," for 
his coverage of the bombing of 
the U.S. embassy in Nairobi. For 
the same coverage he also won 
the Edward R. Murrow Award for 
"Radio Spot News Coverage." He 
lives in Jerusalem with his wife 
and three daughters. Michael 
Greene is a partner at the law 
firm of Gunster Yoakley, Waldes- 
Fauli &. Stewart in its Miami 
office with concentrations in 
corporate, real estate, and 

65 1999 President's Report 



international law. He recently 
wrote a novel. Banking on Fate. 
and IS trying to get it published. 
Additionally, he plays in a rock 
and roll band. He and his wife 
have four children, two dogs, a 
turtle, bird, hamster, and fish. 
Rosanna Hertz is chair and 
professor of women's studies at 
Wellesley College. She teaches 
and writes in the areas of 
employment and family and is 
working on a book about single 
mothers by choice. Her greatest 
thrill is picking up her 8-year-old 
daughter at school, Bruce Maddy 
is the editor of Tel Aviv 
University/Dayan Center's 
annual Middle East 
Contemporarv Survey. He 
coached Israel's Juvenile National 
Baseball team to eighth place in 
the 1998 European 
Championships held in Lausanne, 
Switzerland. Joey Reiman has 
been asked by Denmark's largest 
newspaper group to address 
Scandinavia's business 
community on his new book 
Thinking foi Living. He will also 
lecture on ideation in the 21st 
century. The magazine Fast 
Company featured Reiman's 
company in the July 1998 issue. 
Edie Weitzman is enrolled in 
Boston University's doctoral 
program in education in 
international schools. 


Beth Pearlman, Class 
Correspondent, 1773 Diane Road, 
Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Jon Becker loined Amgen Inc., a 
biotechnology company, working 
as the European legal counsel in 
their European headquarters in 
Lucerne, Switzerland. Darrell 
Hayden is director of the world's 
largest Internet professional 
services company headquarters in 
San Francisco, Branding Strategy 
for USWeb/CKS. Julieanna 
Richardson owns a video 
production multimedia company, 
SCTN Telepioductions. She 
developed a partnership with the 
University of Chicago to launch a 
nationwide program called The 
History Maker, a multimedia 
proiect involving African 
Americans telling their stories via 
the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, 
DVD, television, print, and radio. 
Dan Sreebny has been selected to 
serve as the final U.S. 
Information Agency Area 
Director for North Africa, the 
Middle East, and South Asia. He 
is the first director of public 
diplomacy in the Near Eastern 

Bureau of State. Corinne Varon is 

a coordinator of the Bilingual 
Education Reform Project for the 
Cambridge Public Schools. As a 
doctoral candidate at Harvard 
University, she is researching the 
cognitive advantages of 
bilingualism through children's 


Fred Berg, Class Correspondent, 
150 East 83rd Street, Apt. 2C, 
New York, NY 10028 

Robin Bergman was featured in 
an extensive article, Robin 
Bergman: A Remarkable 
Alchemy, in the Summer 1999 
issue of Ornament Magazine. It 
features her company, Robin 
Originals Creative Knits. She 
maintains a full-time design 
studio in Concord, MA, and 
resides in Arlington. Linda 
Casson-Nudell is starting her 
second year of a Postdoctoral 
Research Fellowship in Laser 
Spectroscopy at Rutgers 
University in New fersey. David 
Orentlicher became Samuel R. 
Rosen Professor of Law at Indiana 
University School of Law- 
Indianapolis on July 1, 1999. He 
testified before a subcommittee of 
the U.S. House of 
Representatives, in opposition to 
the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 
1999, a bill designed to override 
Oregon's physician-assisted 
suicide law. Scott Strenger is 
president and founding partner of 
Coastal Physicians and Surgeons, 
P.C., a nine physician 
neurosciences multispecialty 
group. He also serves as director 
of the division on neurosurgery 
and as chair of the Department of 
Surgery at Atlantic City Medical 
Center in New lersey. Deborah 
Volberg is partner in the law firm 
of Kirkpatnck and Silverberg, LLP 
where she specializes in 
employment discrimination law 
and is living in Westchester 
County, NY Ilane Walberg 
incorporated her six-year-old 
software consulting business. 
Caryatid Software Solutions, Inc. 
where she specializes in Java 
development and Web site 
development mostly for small, 
nonprofit organizations. She will 
be celebrating 10 years of 
marriage this year. David Weiss 
continues in private practice in 
orthopedic surgery at New York 
University's Medical Center, 
where he specializes in 
performing arts medicine. He is 
the orthopedic consultant to the 
luiUiard School and to many 
modern dance companies and 
Broadway theatrical productions. 
He lives in Greenwich Village 
with his wife. 

Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street, #81, New York, NY 10023 

Fran Bermanzohn is managing 
director and general counsel of 
the Fixed Income Division of 
Goldman, Sachs, and Co. and 
lives in Manhattan. Rebekah 
Dorman is vice president of 
Applewood Centers, Inc., a large 
nonprofit company headquartered 
in Cleveland, OH, where she 
heads the division of family and 
child development. Deborah 
Franzblau is creative director at 
McCann Erickson Advertising in 
New York City. She has worked 
with Clairol, Kodak, Johnson and 
Johnson products, and numerous 
package goods. Didi Goldenhar is 
a management consultant to a 
multitude of foundations and 
nonprofit organizations. She 
continues to write and has poems 
and articles published in journals 
and lives on Long Island. David 
Goldman is a freelance translator 
and lives in a Chassidic 
community of Brooklyn, NY. Judy 
Groner Havivi lives in 
Greensboro, NC, with her four 
children, and serves as director of 
Hebrew Studies at B'nai Shalom 
Day School Lori Sue Herman 
moved to Martha's Vineyard, MA, 
where she has established a law 
practice. Michael Jacobs, a public 
relations director with Lucent 
Technologies, won an 
international annual report 
competition award for Lucent's 
1998 annual report, which he 
wrote and produced. He is 
responsible for public relations for 
Lucent's research and 
development arm. Bell Labs. Neil 
Kressel was promoted to full 
professor at William Paterson 
University in New Jersey and was 
the distinguished lecturer at the 
22nd Annual International 
Psychohistorical Association 
Convention. In June, he was 
quoted in The Washington Post. 
Mel Stoler was promoted to 
director of case management for 
child and adolescent services for 
the Metro Boston area of the 
Department of Mental Health. 
This summer, he completed the 
Boston Brevet Series, a series of 
long distance cycling events. 
Valerie Troyansky is general 
manager of product development 
at the Metropolitan Museum of 
Art in New York City. 

Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angier Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Mitch Albom's book Tuesdays 
with Morrie is going to be made 
into a television movie. The 
actors Jack Lemmon and Hank 
Azaria will star as the late 
Professor Morrie Schwartz and 
Albom, respectively. Larry Coen 
and David Crane have written a 
Broadway play. Epic Proportions, 
a comedy about the making of a 
Biblical epic movie told from the 
extras' point of view. Betsy 
Diamant-Cohen is living in 
Baltimore, MD, with her husband 
and three children. She heads the 
Exploration Center, a public 
library for children designed by 
Disney Imageering. The library is 
part of the Enoch Pratt Free 
Library system, but situated 
inside the Port Discovery 
Children's Museum. In addition, 
her son is best-friends with the 
son of Wayne and Lilach 
Horowitz '80 Simon Kipersztok 
IS associate professor of obstetrics 
and gynecology at the University 
of Florida in Gainesville where he 
is a reproductive endocrinology 
and infertility specialist. Evan 
Krame loined the law firm of 
Marholius, Mallios, Davis, Rider 
and Tomar in Washington, D.C. 
He was recently elected cochair of 
the Estates, Trusts, and Probate 
Section of the D.C. Bar. He also 
teaches estate planning as an 
adjunct professor at the American 
University Law School. Recently, 
while working on a defendant's 
estate, he had the opportunity to 
hire fellow Brandeis alumnus, 
Bradley Mirkin '81, an attorney in 
Miami, FL, Michael Lichtenstein 
is a litigation partner at Swidler 
Berlin Shereff Friedman in 
Bethesda and continues to coach 
his daughters' soccer teams. Heidi 
Littman is a pediatrician with 
Fairview Medical Group in North 
Olmsted, OH David Miklowitz is 
professor of psychology at the 
University of Colorado. He lives 
in Boulder, CO, and specializes in 
research on the treatment of 
families coping with mental 
disorders. He published his first 
book, Bipolar Disorder: A Family- 
Focused Treatment Approach, 
which was awarded the 
outstanding research publication 
of 1997 by the American 
Association of Marital and Family 
Therapy. Diane Morse is living in 
Rochester, NY, with her husband 
Mark Winsberg '85 and their two 
daughters. She works at 
Rochester General Hospital, 
which is affiliated with the 
University of Rochester School of 
Medicine, specializing in internal 
medicine and biopsychosocial, 
behavioral medicine. Wendy 
Robinson Schwartz is wtirking as 

66 Brandeis Review 

education and program director at 
Beth lacob Congregational in St. 
Paul, MN Gaylia Rooks was 
ordained a rabhi hy the Hebrew 
Union College in 19S4. She is one 
of the senior rabbis of the Temple, 
Adath Israel Brith Sholom, in 
Louisville, KY. Gaylia has also 
been writing Jewish music and 
recorded a CD // You Will It. 
Linda Rupert finished her fourth 
book, Roots of our Future: A 
Commeicial History of Curasao, 
to be published by the Curasao 
Chamber of Commerce as part of 
the commemoration of 500 years 
of European discovery, Hanna 
Sherman and Daniel Sheff live in 
Lexington, MA, with their three 
children. Daniel is a 
rheumatologist and internist in 
Quincy, and Hanna works at 
Children's Hospital in Boston 
running Night Tram Pediatrics, a 
nurse telephone triage and advice 
program. Paul Sullivan lectures 
on the political economy of the 
Middle East and Central Asia at 
the American University in 
Cairo. His reseach and writing 
has focused on the political 
economy of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, 
Iraq, and the Palestinian 
Territories and analyses of the 
economics of war and peace m 
the Gulf Wars and the Arab-Israeli 
conflict. Brooke Unger is South 
Asian Bureau Chief for the 
Economist in New Delhi. 

80 20th Reunion 

Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 585 Glen Meadow 
Road, Richboro, PA 18954 

Seth Bernanke is a solo- 
practictioner in Charlotte, NC. 
Risa )anoff Bernstein recently 
joined with four partners to 
establish a healthcare marketing 
and communications agency 
under the Omnicom family of 
companies called Accel 
Healthcare. She serves as 
president of the new venture in 
Manhattan and resides in 
Montclair, NJ, with her husband 
Sol '81 and their three sons. Steve 
Block moved to Concord, MA, 
and celebrated the birth of his 
second child. He was promoted to 
associate professor of 
international economics at the 
Fletcher School of Law and 
Diplomacy at Tufts University. 
Scott Corwin is an officer of AT. 
Kearney, a leading global 
management consulting firm. He 
lives on the Upper West Side of 
New York City with his wife and 
two children. Edward Frim is the 
executive director of the 

Commission on Jewish Education 
in Columbus, OH. He is chair of 
the Conference on Alternatives in 
Jewish Education at Ohio State 
University Steven Hamburg is a 
practicing chiropractor in Chicago 
and looking forward to Reunion 
next year. Lisa Hirsch is a 
technical writer at Documentum, 
Inc. in Oakland, CA. She lives 
with her partner, three cats, and 
too many opera recordings. She is 
a first-degree black belt in Dan 
Zan Ryu jujitsu and is testing for 
her second-degree belt this year. 
Grant Romberg is currently 
producing a web-enabled CD- 
ROM for the History Channel on 
the Ellis Island Immigration 
Station. Reid Leonard is associate 
director, scientific liaison, 
external scientific affairs for 
Merck and Co., Inc. in Westfield, 
NJ. In addition, he plays guitar 
with the NJ Workshop for the 
Arts Jazz Ensemble. Leonardo 
Maiman was appointed to the 
executive committee of Brant, 
Moore, Macdonald and Wells, 
P.A., a general commercial law 
firm in lacksonviUe, FL. In 
addition, he is serving another 
term on the board of the 
Jacksonville Jewish Federation. 
Robert Sabat is managing editor 
of Smart Money in New York 
City. Larry Stone is managing 
partner of the Los Angeles office 
of Jackson Lewis, a firm 
specializing in labor and 
employment law. Ian Tick was 
promoted to director of corporate 
marketing at Gilat Satellite 
Networks Ltd. of Israel and 
manages the marketing and 
communications programs in 16 
international offices across six 
continents. Reuben Wechsler 
completed his M.B.A., which 
culminated in a European study 
tour. He lives in the Atlanta area 
with his wife and two sons, and is 
a member in a private group. 
Anesthesia and Pain Management 
practice in Atlanta. Giselle 
Wildman has a 9-year-old son, is 
married to an oral surgeon, was 
graduated from medical school, 
and is in her residency in 
Physiatry (physical medicine and 


Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hobart Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02159 

Larry Bigio is a research scientist 
at the GE Corporate Research and 
Development Center in 
Schenectady, NY Susan Ebbin 
Mathias is senior director of 
Quality of Life Research at The 

Lewin Group. She enioys living in 
San Francisco with her husband 
and three children, where she 
actively exercises and hikes. Jeff 
Forman lives in Brighton, MA, 
with his wife and three children. 
He was promoted to assistant 
professor at Tufts University 
School of Medicine, and is 
practicing pediatric rehabilitation 
medicine at New England 
Medical Center. He is associate 
director of resident education in 
the Department of Physical 
Medicine and Rehabilitation. 
David Hirshfield is a managing 
associate at Micro Modeling 
Associate, Inc., a software 
consulting firm in New York. 
Judy lUes's book. The Strategic 
Grant-Seeker: Conceptualizing 
Fundable Research m the Brain 
and Behavioral Sciences, was 
published Beth Kneller is 
associate director of the City 
University of New York 
baccalaureate program and was 
one of three recipients of the 1999 
CUNY Performance Excellence 
Award. Joung Lee is the director 
of the Skull Base Surgery Center, 
Department of Neurosurgery at 
the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 
He serves as president of the Ohio 
State Neurosurgical Society. 
Norman Pernick was selected 
managing partner of Saul, Ewing, 
Remick and Saul LLP's 
Wilmington Office in 
Pennsylvania. Joyce Miller Rudin 
is a freelance television producer 
taking time out to raise her 
daughter, who )ust celebrated her 
first birthday. Neil Sunkin 
became a partner in the national 
law firm of Arter and Hadden, 
resident in the firm's Los Angeles 
office. He practices business, real 
estate, banking, intellectual 
property, securities, and 
bankruptcy litigation law and 
lives in Woodland Hills, CA. 
Tony Sutin loined the faculty of 
the new Appalachian School of 
Law in Grundy, VA. Jonathan 
Zabin closed his law practice and 
manages Daddy's Junky Music 
Store in Orange, CT. He is playing 
guitar again, and is in the process 
of forming a band. In addition, he 
bought a house in North Haven, 


Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1007 Euclid Street 
#3, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Aaron Adler is special counsel to 
the Vermont Department of 
Public Service. He is completing 
two years of multi-party litigation 
culminating in a settlement, that 
if approved, will result in a state 
chartered energy conservation 
utility whose sole mission is to 
save money and protect the 

environment by reducing 
electricity use in Brookfield, VT. 
Barry Bloch was promoted to the 
rank of commander in the U.S 
Naval Reserve. He is executive 
officer of Naval Reserve 
Volunteer Training Unit, attached 
to the Navy and Marine Corps 
Reserve Center in Raleigh, NC. 
He was made partner of his law 
firm, Hollowell, Peacock and 
Meyer, PA, where he practices 
healthcare and administrative 
law. He lives in Gary, NG, with 
his wife and two sons. In 
addition, he writes a monthly 
column on healthcare law for the 
Campbell University Law School 
Observer and serves on the Board 
of Directors of the North Carolina 
Society of Healthcare Attorneys. 
Andrea Casson is teaching Italian 
at New York City's Fashion 
Institute of Technology and the 
New York School of Interior 
Design. David Elliott is cochair of 
the Coalition of Mental Health 
Professionals of Rhode Island 
(COMHPRI) and is president-elect 
of the Rhode Island Psychological 
Association. COMHPRI is a 
coalition of the seven disciplines 
of mental health professionals 
licensed to practice in Rhode 
Island, and works with the 
legislature, regulatory agencies, 
health insurers and HMOs, and 
other community and 
professional organizations to 
assure affordable, quality, 
accessible mental health care. 
Debi Hessel is partner in 
PriceWaterhouseCooper's Global 
Human Resource Solutions 
Group. Timothy Lee spends his 
time reading and using his 
computer extensively. Lori Lobel 
Underberger returned part-time to 
the law firm of Pullman and 
Comley, LLC. in Bridgeport, CT. 
Malka Margoiies is vice president 
of corporate communications at 
the Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. 
and Time-Life, Inc. Sydney 
Martin has been selected as head 
track coach for the East team of 
the United States for the Sports 
Festival. His high school team 
was the 1999 Catholic High 
School State Champions in Track 
and Field. Robin Hornik Parritz is 
a tenured professor of psychology 
at Hamline University in St. Paul, 
MN, and is partner in the 
Minneapolis law firm of Maslon 
Edelman Borman and Brand. 
Lauren Simon Ostrow lives in La 
Jolla, CA, with her two daughters, 
and is the president/editor of a 
national newsletter for emergency 
medical services managers. Lev 
Rabinowitz is in Los Angeles 
trying his hand at writing. 
Andrew Straus is rabbi of Temple 
Emanuel in Tempe, AZ. 

67 1999 President's Report 



Lori Berman Cans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale 
Road, Newton, MA 02168 

Mark Fischer was named vice 
president, general counsel, and 
secretary of Phillips- Van Heusen 
Corporation. Mark and his wi(e 
Marlene '85 live m Armonk, NY, 
with their two sons. Mark is 
coaching and playing soccer. Lois 
Kaplan Solomon covers education 
for the For[ Lauderdale Sun- 
Sentniel in Boca Raton. Glen 
Milstein completed his Ph.D. m 
clinical psychology at Columbia 
University, Teacher's College, and 
is starting an National Institute 
of Mental Health sponsored post- 
doctorate fellowship in services 
delivery research at Cornell 
University Medical School. 
Kathleen Morris is a psychologist 
in private practice in Albany, NY. 
Stephen Quintana is the 
managing partner of Glass &. 
Quintana in Albuquerque, NM. 
His firm represents local, 
regional, and national clients in 
the areas of real estate, 
commercial, personal, injury, 
criminal defense, and litigation. 


Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 480 Valley Road, 
#B3, Upper Montclair, N] 07043 

Jeff Bernhardt recently passed 
licensure exams and is now a 
licensed clinical social worker in 
Los Angeles, CA. Steven Bizar, a 
partner in the litigation 
department of Montgomery, 
McCracken, Walker tf*. Rhoads, 
LLP, was elected to the Board of 
the Anti-Defamation League. He 
has extensive experience in 
complex commercial litigation, 
including antitrust, securities, 
ERISA fiduciary litigation, lender 
liahility, contract and business 
tort matters, and construction. He 
lectures regularly on the use and 
misuse of experts in commercial 
litigation and on class action 
lawsuits. Amy Tulman is vice 
president at Rabobank 
International in New York City 
and is manager of operations 
control for Investment Banking 

85 15th Reunion 

James R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, 26956 Helmond 
Drive, Calabasas, CA 91301 

Marc Benjamin is the chief 
marketing officer at, the global leader 
in automotive e-commerce and 
services. Marlene Kern Fischer is 
a full-time mom. the ISth 
Reunion program committee 
cochair, and enjoys exercising. 

Beth Jacobowitz Zive, Class 
Correspondent, 16 Furlong Drive, 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 

Lori Goldblatt practices clinical 
psycholog>' m New lersey. New 
York, and Pennsylvania and based 
in New Brunswick, Nf. Her 
specialties include feminist 
therapy, forensic consultation, 
and addictions. She continues to 
play the guitar. Lee Bossen Green 
is director for the National Letter- 
Writing Group of Committee for 
Accuracy m Middle East 
Reporting in America in Durham, 
NC, where she organizes letter- 
writing campaigns to promote 
responsible reporting about Israel. 
Leslie Hyman is an associate at 
the law firm of Cox and Smith 
Inc. in San Antonio, TX. Jennifer 
Kaplan attended an intensive 
month-long film production class 
at the Maine Workshops m 
August. Denice Sakakeeny-Smith 
works as a financial business 
consultant for the information 
systems group at MIT. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 153 East 57th 
Street #2G, New York, NY 10022 

Elisa Brown-Zuckerberg was 

graduated with an M.BA. degree 
in marketing management from 
Pace University and is living in 
Westchester County, NY, Denise 
Hoffner-Brodsky has gone back to 
law school after many years of 
working for nonprofit 
organizations. She is blissfully in 
love with her partner, and had a 
Jewish lesbian wedding a couple 
of years ago. Robert Lindeman 
completed his doctor of science 
degree in computer science and 
has accepted a visiting assistant 
professorship at George 
Washington University. Lisa 
Lubofsky Eidleman recently 
relocated to the Metro West area 
of Massachusetts after living in 
North Carolina for several years. 
She IS a speech and language 


Karen Rubenstein, 2000 
Commonwealth Avenue #1711, 
Boston, MA 02135 

Shelly Borofsky Grossman is 

practicing law in the Philadelphia 
suburbs with the firm, Ladov and 
Bernbaum. She lives in Chester 
County with her husband. Wendy 
Goldberg continues to teach third 
grade at a Jewish day school in St. 
Paul, MN, where she is active in 
re-evaluative counseling. Mitchell 
Gross is creative director of New 
Media Content for Cablevision on 
Long Island, NY. Marc Michalsky 

completed his residency and has 
begun training in pediatric 
general and thoracic surgery at 
Ohio State University. David 
Rosenblum completed three years 
as the chair of the Gay and 
Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia 
and now serves as cochair of the 
Philadelphia Bar Associations 
Committee on the legal rights of 
lesbians and gay men. He is also 
active in the local chapter of 
Lambda Legal Defense and 
Education Fund and recently 
marched with the group in the 
New York City Pride Parade. 
Jeffrey Roth completed his 
general surgery residency at the 
Medical College of Pennsylvania- 
Hahnemann University last year 
serving as chief resident. His 
work in a two-year fellowship 
received the Moyer Award for 
best resident paper presented at 
the American Burn Association. 
He also received the Golden 
Stethoscope award, given to the 
best teaching resident for the 
classes of 1999-2000. He will 
continue his training with a 
fellowship in plastic and 
reconstructive surgery at the 
University of California-San 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Morrill Street, 
Newton, MA 02165 

Scott Elton is in his sixth year of 
neurosurgery as chief resident at 
Ohio State Medical Center. He is 
applying for pediatric 
neurosurgery fellowships and has 
recently returned with his wife 
from learning how to sail in 
North Carolina. David Feldbaum 
is a fellow in a combined 
surgery program at the Carolinas 
Heart Institute in Charlotte, NC. 
He finished his general surgery 
residency at the Montcfiore 
Medical Center/Albert Einstein 
College of Medicine in New York 
City. In addition he has published 
a number of papers in leading 
cardiac and vascular surgery 
lournals. Marc Geffen is senior 
associate in the San Diego law 
firm of Barker Thomas and 
Walters, and specializes in 
business and employment 
litigation. He was appointed to 
the California State Bar 
Committee on Mandatory Fee 
Arbitration. He also serves on the 
Brandeis Alumni Admissions 
Council and interviews 
prospective Brandeis students, 
Elizabeth Hoffman is finishing 
her Ph.D. at George Washington 
University and works at the 
National Institutes of Health, 
where she studies how people 

recognize faces. Alicia Litwin 

appeared in the off-Broadway 
musical fayson during the 
summer of 1998 followed by 
regional theater productions of 
Falsettos and The 1940s Radio 
Hour. Steve Schulman missed 
Reunion due to a vacation 
planned to Martha's Vineyard 
where he caught up with two of 
his Ziv suitemates. He saw Stuart 
and Marni '90 Katz, attorneys in 
Bridgeport, CT, and spent time 
with Bill and Kori '90 Myers at 
their Stamford, CT, home. Naomi 
Takauesu works as a clinical 
pharmacist for CPS Sacramento, 
specializing in long-term care. 

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ludith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Augusta Court, 
New City, NY 10956 

Sheryl Axelrod ioined the firm of 
Blank Rome Comisky and 
McCauley LLP as an associate in 
the litigation and dispute 
resolution department. She is a 
member of the Philadelphia Bar 
Association and is admitted to 
practice in Pennsylvania and New 
Jersey. Danielle Chiaravalloti is a 
nurse practitioner at Premier 
Healthcare of New York. Drew 
Molotsky practices family law in 
Cherry Hill, NJ, and owns Triple 
Threat Performing Arts Center. 
Samuel Rafalin is in his chief year 
of OB/GYN residency at Lenox 
Hill Hospital in Manhattan. 
Sharon Roth has relocated to 
Arizona and is director of a 
Sylvan Learning Center. Wendy 
Shlensky purchased a 
condominium in Cambridge, MA. 
Stacy Sherman Ziluck has been 
dividing her time between her 
infant son and working part-time 
as a human resources generalist at 
Lenox Hospital in New York. 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1624 Richmond 
Street, El Cerrito, CA 94.S30 

Suzanne Braun clerked for one 
year following her graduation 
from Rutgers Law School and 
litigated for over three years at a 
New lersey law firm. Currently, 
she is living on the Upper West 
Side of Manhattan and working 
for AIG, an insurance company. 
Sherry iUarcus Cohen is a senior 
staff attorney with the 
Commission to Comhat Police 
Corruption in New York City. 
Kama Einhorn received her 
master's degree from the 
University of California-Berkeley 
in language, literacy, and culture. 
She is editor of early childhood 
literacy materials at Scholastic 
Inc. in New York City. Brian Fox 

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was recently named vice 
president and general counsel for 
Toco Properties, Inc., a 
commercial real estate company 
based in Atlanta, GA. Tracy 
Harris is a podiatrist in 
Connecticut. Tracy Love-Geffen 
is employed as a research 
scientist in La loUa, CA, at the 
Salk Institute for Biological 
Studies and the University of 
California-San Diego, She is also 
a visiting professor lecturing in 
the psychology and linguistic 
departments of the University of 
California-San Diego and San 
Diego State University. Ari 
Marcus received his master's 
degree in public health from 
Boston University and has been 
working as an associate 
biostatistician for Boston 
Biostatistics, Inc., a contact 
research organization in 
Framingham, MA. While not 
analyzing data, he can be found 
hiking through Massachusetts 
state forests. Melissa Posdamer is 
living in Manhattan and is vice 
president of corporate 
communications for Seabury and 
Smith, a division of Marsh and 
McLennan Company. Daniel 
Shaprio is living in Bethesda, MD, 
with his wife Julie Fisher '90. He 
left his job as senior foreign 
policy advisor to U.S. Senator 
Dianne Feinstein to become the 
director for legislative affairs at 
the National Security Council. 
Currently, he is the congressional 
liaison for the National Security 
Advisor, Sandy Berger. Scott 
Ziluck has joined the Manhattan 
law firm of Kaplan, Gottbetter, 
and Levenson after serving lor the 
past four years as an assistant 
attorney general in New York 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 69 Highlands 
Avenue, Springfield, NI 07081 

Robert Bayer is chief resident of 
emergency medicine and is 
completing his last year of 
training at Brooklyn Hospital 
Center. Derek Cohen is senior 
reinsurance accountant at 
Odyssey Reinsurance in Stamford, 
CT. Neil Cohen is a documentary 
television producer for the New 
York Times. Joel Green is living 
in Swampscott, MA, with his wife 
and 2-ycar-old son, and keeps in 
touch with Jon Rothberg and 
Robert Shapiro Scott Kessler is 
an equity analyst at Standard ik 
Poor's, covering software, date 
processing, and e-commerce 
stocks and living on Manhattan's 
Upper East Side. Selena Adrienne 
Luhig was graduated from 
Hebrew College and delivered the 
valedictory address. She received 

her master's degree in Jewish 
education and family education, 
and was awarded the Sara 
Feinsilver Prize for Outstanding 
Female Graduate Student. She is 
now the educational director at 
Congregation B'nai Shalom in 
Westborough, MA. David Weiser 
has been working for the last 
three years as a mortgage 
originator in the Boston area. He 
returned to Alaska for Brent 
Shamberg's '91 funeral, a close 
friend for more 20 years. 


Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1 Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Anthony Arena is married and 
practicing law in Philadelphia, 
PA. Jennifer Boyle is a special 
education teacher in San Diego, 
CA. Jason Dictenberg was 
graduated from the University of 
Massachusetts Medical School 
with a Ph.D. in biology. Doug 
Kaplan has been traveling the 
globe opening up new markets as 
the international sales manager 
for Coach Watch, the latest Swiss 
watch brand of the Movado 
Group. He has also established an 
online Japanese antique business, 
Arigato Antiques. David Kaufman 
recently performed his stand-up 
comedy routine at Caroline's 
Comedy Club in New York City, 
however he still maintains his 
day job as a lawyer. 

Ira Kornbluth 

Ira Kornbluth was graduated from 
Jefferson Medical College, 
Thomas Jefferson University, in 
Philadelphia, PA, and began an 
internship at Washington 
Hospital Center, Washington, 
D.C. Stacy Lefkowitz was 
graduated from Syracuse College 
of Law and will be a first year 
associate at Nixon Peabody LLP 
in Manhattan. Elizabeth I. Miller 
was graduated from National- 
Louis University of Chicago with 
a master's degree in education. 
Jason Nagel of Manhattan, NY, 
was graduated from New York 

Law School. Brian Paszamant has 

joined the Philadelphia firm of 
Blank Rome Comisky and 
McCauley LLP as an associate in 
the litigation and dispute 
resolution department. Gideon 
Sanders was graduated from Johns 
Hopkins School of International 
Politics and is a high school 
teacher in Washington, D.C. 
David Sokolov is the national 
sales manager for the Healthcare 
Solutions Division of Keane in 
Melville, NY. Gregory Szlyk is 
married and a third-year urology/ 
general surgery resident at George 
Washington Hospital. Jeanne 
Marie Toutonghi is a third-year 
medical resident at Tufts Medical 
School/New England Medical 
Center. Cherryl Workman was 
graduated from the University of 
Denver law school and is 
practicing family law in Colorado. 


Sandy Kirschen Solof, Class 
Correspondent, lyOfiMcIntyre 
Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 

Laurie Centeno was graduated 
from Pace University with an 
M.B.A. degree and works for an 
Internet-based business in New 
York. Halana Dudock is living in 
Queens, NY, and is beginning her 
psychiatry residency at Long 
Island Jewish Hospital. Joshua 
Freed joined the Democratic 
Congressional Campaign 
Committee in Washington, D.C, 
where he is deputy director of 
research Michelle Geary 
Tassinari is working as assistant 
legal counsel for the elections 
division in the Office of the 
Secretary of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts. Josh Klainberg 
serves as political director for the 
New York League of Conservative 
Voters and is pursuing a degree in 
urban planning at New York 
University Michael Kleinman 
was graduated with a doctor of 
osteopathic medicine degree from 
Philadelphia College of 
Osteopathic Medicine, where he 
will be interning. Shulamit Lewin 
received her master's degree in 
health science from Johns 
Hopkins School of Hygiene and 
Public Health. She is the state 
outreach coordinator for 
emergency medical services 
|EMS| for the Children National 
Resource Center in Washington, 
D.C, and provides technical 
assistance to grantees of the 
federal EMS coordinator program 
in all 50 states and four 
territories. Marisa Zeidel is 
currently in her fourth year of 
medical school at Maimonides 
Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. 

Suzanne Lavin, Class 
Correspondent, 160 Bleecker 
Street, #4, New York, NY 10012 

Raymond Adams is a second 
lieutenant in the United States 
Marine Corps. He is currently 
attending the Basic School, where 
he is training to become a 
provisional rifle platoon 
commander. Kelly Belt was 
graduated from New England 
School of Law, where she had an 
internship with the 
Massachusetts Superior Court 
and was a provisional staff 
member of the New England 
International and Comparative 
Law Annual. She was cochair of 
the Public Interest Law 
Association auction and 
coordinator of the speaker series 
for the International Society. 
Richard Benton was graduated 
from seminary this year. Marc 
Berliner is a senior account 
executive at Cone, Inc., in the 
interactive group, where he is 
involved with branding, 
marketing, and public relations 
for "dot com" clients. Leah 
Blumenthal received her master's 
degree in philosophy from the 
University of Colorado, Rachel 
Bragin works at the national 
office of Jumpstart, a nonprofit 
organization that engages college 
students as AmeriCorps members 
to help preschool children build 
school readiness skills. She lives 
in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, 
with her first-year roommate 
Karin Kugel Susan Breitkopf 
received her master's degree in art 
history from American University 
and IS an editor and sales 
associate at Washington Post 
Books. Holly Copan is teaching in 
Newton, MA, and is a graduate 
student in elementary education 
at Boston College. Lesley Davis 
earned her second bachelor's 
degree from Pace University in 
nursing and is working at 
Stanford Hospital in Connecticut 
as a labor and delivery nurse. 
David Esterman practices medical 
and non-medical professional 
liability law in New York City. 
Jonathan Gelchinsky was 
graduated first in his law school 
class at American University. He 
IS an associate at Finnegan, 
Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and 
Dunner in Washington, DC, 
where he will practice 
intellectual property law. Steven 
Geiler is working towards his 
Ph.D. in music composition and 
theory at the University of 
California-Davis. Amy Harrow 
was graduated from the 
University of Vermont College of 
Medicine and will be spending 
next year in Salt Lake City, UT, 
as a transitional intern before 
joining the University of 
Rochester's radiology residency 

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program. Yaffa Landis has 

accepted an offer as the quality 
assurance manager for Guru Ltd. 
in Jerusalem Nadina McLean 
Pendleton is teaching 
kindergarten in Wayland, MA, 
and going to graduate school part 
time at Fitchburg State for her 
master's degree in education. 
Daniel Pogoda was graduated 
from Dickinson School of Law 
and is working in Boston as an 
associate. Pallavi Rai completed 
her first year of law school at 
George Washington University. 
Prior to entering law school, 
Pallavi worked for two and a half 
years as a civil rights analyst at 
the U.S. Department of Justice. 
Jessica Shulman received her 
master's degree in theater 
education from Emerson College 
and IS teaching theater arts in 
Andover, MA, She has been 
performing in plays and musicals 
in the Boston area and has 
enjoyed working with Nadina 
McLean Pendleton, Megan Healy 
'96, and Rina Zelen '98 in several 
productions, Jeremy Tarlow was 
graduated from the University of 
Illinois College of Veterinary 
Medicine and is an intern in 
emergency and critical care 
medicine at the Animal 
Emergency Center and Referrals 
in Milwaukee, WL Jocelyn Wilk 
received her master's degree in 
library science from Simmons 
College and is working in 
Manhattan as assistant archivist 
at the Columbia University 
Archives/Columbiana Library. 


Janet J. Lipman, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 
jlipman@accessl .net 

Michael Dittelman is an account 
executive at USA Today's 
Baseball Weekly, where he sells 
advertising to sponsors of the 
Maior League, but he also works 
with Major League Baseball and 
the Player's Association to 
market and develop the 
publication. Aryn Grossman 
Froum is working towards her 
PhD. in clinical psychology at 
the University of Michigan. Ted 
Froum '94 is a first year associate 
with the law firm of Raymond 
and Prokop in Southfield, MI. 
Abigail Lawrence is a second-year 
student ot a joint doctoral 
program in social work and 
sociology at the University of 
Michigan-Ann Arbor, She was 
awarded a traineeship from the 

National Institute on Aging to 
study gerontology. Dan 
Rademacher received his master's 
degree in English literature with 
an emphasis on nature and 
literature from the University of 
California-Berkeley. His wife, 
Tamara Schwarz, works in the 
educational department at the 
Chabot Observatory and Science 
Center (COSC) in Oakland, CA. 
She coordinates science classes, 
summer camps, and workshops 
for Bay Area students, teachers, 
and the public, and maintains the 
COSC Web site. Seth Rosen was 
graduated from New York Law 
School and will practice labor and 
employment law in Manhattan. 
He was a recipient of the New 
York Law School Moot Court 
Award for Serving with 
Distinction, He attended Tamara 
Schwarz and Dan Rademacher's 
wedding in May, as did Jill 
Maderer, Grey Litt, Jeremy 
Markowitiz, Dan DeLisi, and Jen 


Joshua Firstenberg, Co-Class 
Correspondent, 437 25th Avenue, 
#i, San Francisco, CA 94121 
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Pegah Schiffman, Co-Class 
Correspondent, 7 Commonwealth 
Court, #80 Brighton, MA 02135 

Leah Bensen Lipskar is 

completing law school at the 
University of Pennsylvania. Sarah 
Berkson received her master's 
degree in healthcare 
administration from the 
Washington University School of 
Medicine and is completing an 
administrative fellowship at 
Baptist Hospital of Miami, 
Leanne Boucher is working 
towards her Ph.D. in psychology 
at Dartmouth College. Michael 
Carlin works at McCann-Erickson 
in New York City, Ruben Cohen 
received a Maimonides 
Fellowship and spent a month in 
Israel participating in Jewish 
Dental and Medical Ethics, and 
traveled Europe. John DalHno 
received his master's degree in 
biology from Boston College and 
is a first-year student at Jefferson 
Medical College in Philadelphia, 
PA. Gabe DeVitto is a third-year 
student at Boston College Law 
School Josh Firstenberg works for 
KPMG, LLP in San Francisco, CA, 
in the information, 
communication, and 
entertainment line of business. 
His focus has been the 
convergence of voice, video, and 
data on a single IP network. 
Rebecca Glatt received her 
M,S,W, degree from Simmons 
College and is a licensed social 

worker currently working at 
McLean Hospital's geriatric unit, 
Reena Gold and Brian Kamins 
moved from Boston to Brooklyn, 
NY. Reena is the assistant 
director of admissions at List 
College, the undergraduate school 
of the Jewish Theological 
Seminary. Brian is a Ph.D. 
candidate in a cognitive 
psychology program at New York 
University, Lee Graham was 
accepted to the Stern School of 
Business program at New York 
University, Tung Ha is a student 
at Ohio University College of 
Osteopathic Medicine, Mike 
Haberman is a third-year student 
at New York University School of 
Law Elana Horowitz Margolis is a 
third-year student at New 
England School of Law, where she 
had an article published in the 
New England Journal Civil and 
Criminal Confinement for 2000, 
Alan Kierman completed his 
second year of law school, Rachel 
Korn IS working on her master's 
degree in higher education 
administration at Harvard 
University. Elizabeth Le is in her 
second year at Loyola University 
Law School in Los Angeles, CA. 
She externed for a ludge last 
summer and is on law review this 
fall. Ariel Margolis is a behavior 
specialist at the Walker Home 
and School and has began a 
tutoring business called A-i- 
Tutoring, Karen Martin is active 
with Rainbow Flags for Mumia, a 
movement to involve 
communities in the fight to save 
the life of death row journalist 
Mumia Abu-Jamal, She is also 
active in movements to stop 
brutality, repression, and 
corporate globalization. She is a 
bike activist in San Francisco and 
Berkeley, and was a videographer 
in her first San Francisco Dyke 
March. She recently saw Alexis 
Matza '98, Jared Scherer '96, Bob 
Weidman '88, Sandra Schwartz 
'97, and Jessica Feinerman '97. 
Daniel Meltz is a foundation 
administrator for Palmer and 
Dodge LLP in Boston maintaining 
daily operations for the firm's 
charities. Matt Mitchell is in his 
third year of law school at 
Cornell University, Michael 
Nachtome completed his second 
year of law school, Gail Paris is 
working towards a dual master's 
degree in special education and 
elementary education. Rachel 
Rosen is working on her master's 

degree and certificate in advanced 
graduate study in school 
psychology at Tufts University. 
Marc Schnitzer completed his 
master's degree m health 
administration at Hofstra 
University. He is an assisted 
living coordinator of Sunrise 
Assisted Living of North 
Lynbrook. Katie Strauss is 
starting a master's degree program 
in social work at the University 
of Southern California. Jacob 
Vogelhut works at Crossroads 
OSA, a software analysis 
company in Boston. David Wachs 
received a joint master's degree in 
public health and medical science 
from Boston University and is in 
his first year of medical school at 
Boston University. Bram Weber 
completed his second year of law 
school Stephanie Wurtzel is a 
student at Northwestern School 
of Law. 


Adam M. Greenwald, Co-Class 
Correspondent, Brandeis 
University, Office of Alumni 
Relations, Mailstop 124, 
Waltham, MA 02454-9110 
Alexis Hirst, Co-Class 
Correspondent, 502 East 79th 
Street #5D, New York, NY 1 002 1 

Stephanie Bruce is starting her 
second year as a corporate 
paralegal at Rich, May, Bilodeau 
and Flaherty in Boston, Samantha 
Elster is attending the Scholl 
College of Podiatnc Medicine in 
Chicago, Leo Fuchs received his 
master's of management degree 
from The Heller School, Ilena 
Ginzburg is a legal assistant for 
Mintz-Levm in Boston, Alexis 
Hirst IS starting her second year 
in the marketing department for 
Citibank Credit Cards in New 
York, Brian Irwin traveled to 
Caracas, Venezuela, to interview 
top executives from Mavesa, the 
leading consumer product 
company in Venezuela. He spent 
four days in Caracas, and on 
Valencia, touring factories and 
plants. The interviews are for a 
case study on the company's 
strategy, which will be his 13th 
work published through Harvard 
Business School Publishing. 
Joanna Klein is pursuing a 
master's degree in publishing 
with a concentration in new 
media from New York University, 
Aaron Lipskar is an emergency 
medical technician until his 
matriculation m medical school. 
Erica Lowenfels has recently 
resigned from her position in 
marketing and communications 
for a nonprofit organization to 
become the assistant director of 
admissions for a New York City 

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private school. Amanda Metter is 

a first-year student at Case 
Western Reserve School of 
Medicine. Neil Orringer is a 
legislative correspondent for 
Senator Mary Landneu for 
defense and international trade 
issues, advising, speechwritmg, 
and answering constituent 
correspondence. He is also a part- 
time master's degree candidate in 
national security studies at 
Georgetown University. Eric 
Pressman is a software engineer 
responsible for creating a new 
sports Weh site at 
Scott Shandler lives in Hoboken, 
NI, and works as a consultant for 
a startup Internet firm based in 
Silicon Valley with a branch on 
the East Coast. Robert Sherman is 
a firewall/security specialist for 
GTE Internetworking |BBN 
Corporation! managing network 
security for several hundred large 
businesses and Fortune 500 
companies Marina Sokolinsky is 
a legal assistant at Shearman and 
Sterling m New York City. Rina 
Zelen is part of For a Good Time 
Theater for Youth. It is a 
professional acting company 
based out of Saginaw, MI. It 
provides educational theater to 
elementary and middle school 
students across the Midwest. The 
first of her three productions will 
be Americcin Women m History. 


David R. Nurenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 282 Willis Ave, 
Medford, MA, 02155, 

Deborah Adiet spent time in 
Europe, Los Angeles, and two 
months at the Edinburgh music 
festival. Alana Anderson 
relocated to lapan, where she is 
the assistant language teacher in 
the lapan Exchange and Teaching 
lIETl Program sponsored by the 
lapanese government to promote 
the English language in schools. 
She will be the first teacher from 
lET in Hirukawa mura, a village 
famous for it's hot springs and 
vegetarian cuisine. Sarah Berger is 
attending Duke University School 
of Law in a special program where 
she will receive her l.D. and her 
master's of law degree in 
international and comparative 
law in three years, Jennifer Bunk 
is the program coordinator for the 
psychiatry program at Boston 
University School of Medicine. 
Glenn Ettman relocated to New 
York City. Effie Gikas is enrolled 
in the Barbizon School of 
Modeling and modeling part-time. 
Laura Hacker finished a summer- 
long position in the office of Dr. 
Barry Margolis '79 at West 
Newton Dental Associates, and 
received the Dr. Ralph Berenberg 

Memorial Prize for her 
scholarship as a pre-dental 
student at Brandeis planning to 
attend dental school in the Fall. 
She is a first year student at 
Columbia University School of 
Dental and Oral Surgery in New 
York City Ellen W.M. Harder 
works in a Newton Center, MA, 
law firm and lives in Waltham, 
She competed in a triathalon and 
IS running road races. She took a 
three-week trip to France and 
Italy with Geoff Getz. Elissa 
Hoffman is attending Suffolk 
University Law School in Boston. 
Agi Kazal is attending the 
Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva 
University. Eric Korman is in 
Barcelona, Spain, as part of 
Brandeis's master's degree 
program in International 
Economics and Finance. Terri 
Kwong IS the client services 
associate manager at Building 
Blocks Interactive. Jolyn 
Ktamberg interned at Lincoln 
Center Institute for the Arts in 
education. She is teaching second 
grade at Manhattan Day School. 
Cory Liberman is the tight end 
coach at lona College in New 
Rochelle, NY. A. David Lewis is a 
lunior copywriter for the Direct 
Results Group, a direct-marketing 
advertising agency. He is working 
on his independent writing as he 
adjusts to life in Boston. Jaclyn 
Miller is attending Columbia 
University for healthcare 
management. Amy Mirsky is 
working in New York City as the 
assistant to the producer of 
Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues. 
David Nurenberg is attending 
graduate school for English and 
American literature at Tufts 
University and working part-time 
at their computer center. He is 
still writing and has established a 
new Web site at losh 
Ratner is attending University of 
Notre Dame Law School. Joshua 
Robbins moved to Somerville, 
MA Ian Rothman is pursuing his 
master's degree in education at 
the University of Texas-Austin. 
Anna Rozonoer is in the classics 
master's degree program at Tufts 
University, Savannah Shyne is 
with an Internet start-up 
company and 
provides on-line public school 
profiles for parents and 
community members. She is the 
school and community relations 
assistant Robin Strizhak is in the 
MAT program in English at Tufts 
University Deena Zhelezov is 
working as a technical support 
specialist at CASAEwise systems, 
Inc. and lives in Waltham, MA. 


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March 10, 1999 


January 12, 1999 


July 9, 1999 


June 15, 1999 


July 29, 1998 


March 19, 1999 


January 30, 1999 


January 30, 1999 


August 21, 1998 


June 13, 1996 


July 20, 1998 

Sylvia and Mara 

April 5, 1999 


February 12, 1999 


December 20, 1998 


February 1, 1999 


April 6, 1999 


April 12, 1999 


May 21, 1999 


May 25, 1999 


May 5, 1999 


February 26, 1999 


June 19, 1998 


April 15, 1999 


June 18, 1999 

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Lea Bleyman to Davul Minn |uly 12, 1999 
Elizabeth Bussiere '80, M.A. '82, Ph.D. '89 [uly 18, 1999 
to Daniel Cohen '89 

Amiet Goldman to Colin Kahn August 16, 1998 

Kathleen Morris to Dan Bobeck July 18, 1998 

Paul Glazer to Liane Clamen June 6, 1999 

Malka Margolies to Walter Scott November 8, 1999 

Rich Klein to Heather Epstein November 9, 1987 

Amy Tulnian to lonathan Radick April 18, 1999 

Leslie Hyman to Phil Lynch luly 11, 1998 
Denice Sakakeeny to Gamal Azmi Smith March 6, 1999 
Melanie Gay Brown to William Lamprey September 20, 

Wendy Goldberg to Dan Halpcrn July .S, 1998 

Mitchell Gross to Korissa Benaroya lune 18, 1998 

Amy Aronsky to Ward Trythall luly 24, 1999 

Elizabeth Hoffman to Eric Emerson May 8, 1999 

Alicia Litwin to Phillip Stillman November 29, 

Naomi Takayesu to Darren Totty April 18, 1998 

Maria Exarhopoulos to Drake Behrakis May 11, 1997 

Leni Marshall to Mike DuVernois lune 7, 1998 
Jennifer Lash Weber to Laurence Bailen luly 1 1, 1999 

Loren Kaplan to Scott Packer '92 luly 17, 1999 

Irene Laible to Joseph Lansang August 22, 1998 

leffrcy Mesnik to Sarah Levy May 1 6, 1 999 

Amie Dergay to Paul Carmillo May 30, 1999 

Michelle Geary to Michael Tassinari July 4, 1999 

Alicia Salnioni to Barak Kalfuss '93 September 6, 1998 

Hope Butterman to Andrew Baker lune 20, 1999 

Deborah Ohayon to [ordan Turner August 23, 1998 

Nadina McLean to Brian Pendleton July 17, 1998 

David Smith to Michelle Wasserman May 30, 1999 

Sarah Sernoff to Schuyler Abrams May 30, 1999 

Samantha Elster to Josh Ratner '99 August 9, 1998 

Michelle Harel to Michael Papper '95 June 20, 1999 



Richard Rubin (M.F.A. '72 
Theater Arts) was honored for his 
role in establishing the first care- 
providing organization in the 
event industry. 

Lewis Koplik '61 died on May 1 1 , 
1999, in Albuquerque, NM, from 
complications during recovery 
from a automobile accident. He is 
survived by his wife and two 
children. Susan Diane Golod 
Cohn '68 who taught at 
Washington Mill Elementary 
School in Fairfax for five years, 
died of cancer at her home in 
Alexandria, VA. She received a 
master's degree in education from 
Marymount University. Survivors 
include her husband and two 
children Robert Darman '72 
passed away on May 8, 1999. Sara 
Nancy Grollman '77 passed away 
on June 7, 1999. 

Kay Arscnault 

Ray Arsenault |M.A. '74, History, 
Ph.D. '81, Historyl is a leading 
interpreter of Southern history 
and culture who also directs the 
University of South Florida St. 
Petersburg's honors program. He 
received the )ohn Hope Franklin 
Professorship in Southern 
History. He is editing an 
anthology on the environmental 
history of Florida and is 
completing two books on the 
origin of the modern civil rights 
movement. Fran Ginsbutg (MA, 
'77, Contemporary Jewish 
Studies) loined the University 
staff as executive director of 
Brandeis House. She welcomes 
alumni to visit at 12 East 77th 
Street in Manhattan. Stephen 
Almekinder (M.A. '79, English] is 
employed by State University of 
New York-Geneseo as the director 

of records and scheduling and is 
living in Rochester, NY. He has a 
science fiction/fantasy novel 
published entitled, Winterhold. 
Michael Walker (M.FA. '83, 
Theater Arts] has been named 
artistic director and executive 
producer of Foothills Theater 
L^impany, Worcester, MA. Maria 
Niederberger's (Ph.D. '91, Music) 
(Ajnceno for Oboe and 
Instrumental Ensemble 
premiered at the National 
Museum of Women in the Arts in 
Washington, D.C., on June 20, 
1999. Daniel Guhr (M.A. '95, 
Politics) was graduated from 
Oxford University with a degree 
in philosophy and comparative 
education, Scott Friedman (M.A., 
M.M. '99, Contemporary Jewish 
Studies, Human Services 
Management) joined the major 
gifts team of Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies as senior campaign 
associate. Amy Mitman (M,A. '99, 
Contemporary Jewish Studies) has 
joined the Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies' Women's Division 
and Young Leadership Division as 
a campaign associate. She was 
chosen as a Federation Scholar in 
recognition of her great promise 
by the Federation Executive 
Recruitment and Educational 
Program of the Council of Jewish 

Correction: Michael Weinreb 

(PhD, '66, Physics) restored the 
GOES-10 weather satellite to full 

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Jewish Culture 

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"American Jewish culture 
has found its definitive historian." 
— Forward 

Jews have contributed to American culture in the 20th 
century to a degree out of all proportion to their numbers. 
But when Irving Berlin writes "White Christmas" and 
"Easter Parade," when Leonard Bernstein composes a 
celebrated "mass," or when Al Jolson, the cantor's son, 
performs in blackface, can these be considered 
manifestations of a specifically Jewish American culture? 
Stephen J. Whitfield, a cultural historian at Brandeis and 
author of The Culture of the Cold War. says yes, and he 
offers a lively, wide-rangmg, critical interpretation of that 
tradition in his latest book. 

With an encyclopedic command of contemporary 
American culture, Whitfield ranges from drama and 
musical theater to popular and symphonic music to film 
and literature to trace the complex interactions of Jewish 
and American cultures. He traces significant themes such 
as representations of the Holocaust, and offers a plethora of 
entertaining and enlightening anecdotes to show how 
Jewish American culture has influenced and been 
influenced by the larger mainstream culture. In a final 
chapter he thoughtfully ponders the future of the Jewish 
element in American Jewish culture after a century of 
largely successful assimilation. 

"Whitfield has written a fascinating book on the Jewish role 
in some key areas of American culture — popular music, the 
stage, Hollywood. His knowledge is awesome. His 
approach to dealing with the problem of just what is 
'Jewish' in the cultural and artistic work of persons who are 
Jews expands our understanding of this key issue of ethnic 
'contributions' to American culture. The book itself is a 
valuable contribution to the understanding of American 
— Nathan Glazer, Harvard University 

"You'll read Mr. Whitfield. ..for the giddy brio with which 
he bounces between high culture and low... his view of 
culture is sufficiently wide and generous to embrace 
masterpieces, like Philip Roth's American Pastoral, and 
unredeemed schlock, like the songs of Barry Manilow." 
— The New York Observer 

"A lucid and absorbing work." 
— Booklist 

"Whitfield's thesis is as complex, multifaceted, 
and polyvalent as the Jewish-American experience 
itself. ..the author pulls the threads of his themes together 
convincingly in the book's final chapter." 
— Kirkus Reviews 

Did you know... 

that since the Peace 

Corp's inception in 1961, 
about 200 Brandeis 
alumni have heeded the 
call to service? Fifteen 
are currently serving. 

that two Brandeis 
faculty members, 
Jacqueline Jones, 
Truman Professor of 
American Civilization, 
and Bernadette Brooten, 
Myra and Robert Kraft 
and Jacob Hiatt 
Professor of Christian 
Studies, have recently 
won MacArthur 
"Genius" Awards? 

that Tuesdays with Morrie 
by Mitch Albom '79, the 
story of the author's 
relationship with the late 
IVIorrie Schwartz during 
the Brandeis professor's 
last days, has been on 
The New York Times 
bestseller list for more 
than two years? 

that two alumni had 
books on The New Yorl< 
Times bestseller list at 
the same time, a first in 
Brandeis history? The 
Lexus and the Olive Tree 
by Thomas Friedman '75, 
Brandeis Trustee and 
foreign correspondent 
for The New Yorii Times, 
was on the list 
concurrently with Mitch 
Albom's Tuesdays with 

that a number of current 
television shows have 
significant Brandeis 
connections? Friends 
and Veronica's Closet 
were created by the 
team of David Crane '79 
and Marta Kauffman '78. 
Marshall Herskovitz '73 
is the executive 
producer of the new 
series Once and Again 
on ABC. And Debra 
Messing '90 is starring 
in Will and Grace. 

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For a while it seemed as if last fall 
would never yield to winter. 
November, in Massachusetts, was 
the third warmest in 115 years of 
official record-keeping. There were 
days in December when even light 
jackets were superfluous. At the 
same time, we were experiencing 
the longest recorded stretch 
without a snowfall. 

Then things changed in January. 
The new year, the turn of the 
century, the advent of the new 
millennium (if you are not too 
technical about these things) 
brought a change in the weather, 
and it became apparent that we 
were not going to sail all the way 
into spring on autumn breezes. 
Snow fell with the mercury, and 
we hunkered down to weeks of a 
subfreezing spell broken by only a 
handful of days that struggled 
above 30 degrees. Wmd chill 
factors, on occasion, reached 40 
below. It was time to take the 
season seriously. 

Honeybees are particularly good at 
handling changes like that. They 
spend the summer and fall 
producing honey from nectar, and 
they store it in the cells of their 
honeycomb for the communal use 

of the hive. Whether in the 
familiar white boxes made 
available to the bees by apiarists, 
or in the hollows of trees in the 
wild, the honey-filled combs arc 
now the source of not only food 
for individual bees, but as fuel for 
the furnace that will keep the hive 
from perishing in this radical 
change of climate. 

When the temperature of the air in 
a hive of honeybees falls to about 
57 degrees Fahrenheit, the bees of 
that hive begin to form their 
winter cluster. As the temperature 
continues to fall, the cluster 
becomes well defined, 
approximately 30,000 individuals 
forming a hemispherical mass 
upon the comb. The bees in the 
center of the cluster and in contact 
with the honey reserves feed on 
the high-energy food and begin to 
generate heat. Those on the 
surface of the cluster act as 

The cluster, like a living 
thermostat, reacts to changes in 
the temperature within the hive 
by expanding and contracting. 
When it gets too hot and needs to 
cool down, the mass expands, 
losing heat, and when it must raise 
its temperature, it contracts, 
retaining heat. It is a thing of 
constant mass but variable surface 

The layer of bees on the outside of 
the mass, those acting as 
insulation, may be one to three 
inches thick. They are more 
tightly packed than the innermost 
bees that are doing the eating and 
generating the heat. The goal of 
the bees in that outer layer is to 
maintain a temperature of 45 
degrees. A drop below that level 
causes them to tighten up. Above 
that, they loosen. Forty-five 
degrees happens to be the 
temperature at which the hive 
most efficiently uses its honey 
reserves, which must last to the 
end of what may prove to be a 
long, cold winter. 

By shifting places within the 
cluster periodically, each bee has 
an opportunity to eat some honey. 
Thus it not only keeps itself alive 
but contributes to the heating of 
the entire hive. In fact, this vital 
system cannot endure without the 
support of nearly all its members. 
If participation erodes, the system 
fails, and the hive is lost. 

The analogy to this issue's cover 
story is, I hope, clear. 


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Vice President for 
Public Affairs 

Michal Regunberg 72 

Assistant Editor 

Audrey Gnttin 

Editorial Assistant 

Veronica Blacquier 

Alumni Editor, Class Notes 

Adam M Greenwald '98 

Staff Writers 

Stephen Anable 
Marjorie Lyon 

Design Director 

Charles Dunham 


Kmnberly Williams 

Coordinator of 
Production and 

John McLaughlin 

fleneiv Ptiotograptier 

Julian Brown 

Student Interns 

Jeffrey Oestreicher '01 
Lori Segal 01 

Brandeis Review 
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Irving R Epstein 
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Lisa Berman Hills '82 
Michael Kalafatas '65 
Karen Klein 
Laurie Ledeen '83 
Donald Lessem '73 
Peter L W Osnos 64 
Hugh H Pendleton 
Arthur H Reis. Jr. 
Carol Saivetz '69 
Elaine Wong 

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above 30 degrees. Wind chill 
factors, on occasion, reached 40 
below. It was time to take the 
season seriously. 

Honeybees are particularly good at 
handling changes like that. They 
spend the summer and fall 
producing honey from nectar, and 
they store it in the cells of their 
honeycomb for the communal use 


generate heat. Those on the 
surface of the cluster act as 

The cluster, like a living 
thermostat, reacts to changes in 
the temperature within the hive 
by expandmg and contracting. 
When it gets too hot and needs to 
cool down, the mass expands, 
losing heat, and when it must raise 
its temperature, it contracts, 
retaining heat. It is a thing of 
constant mass but variable surface 


the entire hive. In fact, this vital 
system cannot endure without the 
support of nearly all its members. 
If participation erodes, the system 
fails, and the hive is lost. 

The analogy to this issue's cover 
story is, I hope, clear. 


Brandeis Review 


Cliff Hauptman '69, 
M.F A. 73 

Vice President for 
Public Affairs 

Michal Regunberg 72 

Assistant Editor 

Audrey Gnfdn 

Editorial Assistant 

Veronica Blacquier 

Alumni Editor. Class Notes 

Adam M Greenwald 98 

Staff Writers 

Stephen Anable 
Mariorie Lyon 

Design Director 

Charles Dunham 


Kimberly Williams 

Coordinator of 
Production and 

John McLaughlin 

flei'/eiv Photographer 

Julian Brown 

Student Interns 

Jeffrey Oestreicher '01 
Lori Segal '01 

Brandeis Review 
Advisory Committee 

Gerald S Bernstein 
Sidney Blumenthal '69 
Irving R Epstein 
LoriGans'83. M.MHS 
Theodores, Gup '72 
Lisa Berman Hills '82 
Michael Kalalatas '65 
Karen Klein 
Laurie Ledeen '83 
Donald Lessem '73 
Peter L.W Osnos '64 
Hugh N Pendleton 
Arthur H. Reis, Jr 
Carol Saivelz '69 
Elaine Wong 

Unsolicited manuscripts 
are welcomed by the 
editor Submissions must 
be accompanied by a 
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'86 Rewew will not return 
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8 Class Notes 



What's Ticking on Wall 
Street (via Ziv)? 
Ask Adam Menzei '01 

It is a Web site that can 
relegate the stock market 
pages of your newspaper to 
your recychng bin and 
advice from your broker to a 
fond memory — and it has 
already garnered a feature in 
The New York Times. It is 
the product of a partnership 
between Adam Menzei '01 
of Port Washington, New 
York, and his childhood 
friend Ben Nobel, that is 
run out of their respective 
college dormitory rooms. 

The Web site- 
www. JavaTicker. com — lets 
users customize their own 
stock tickers to reflect their 
portfolios or areas of 
interest. It features stock 
quotes, an IPO section. 
Securities and Exchange 
Commission filings, 
company profiles, 
information on insider 
trades, and Reuters news. 
Not sure of a company's 
stock market symbol? Look 
it up easily on the Web site. 
Want to see a company's 
Wall Street performance in 
easy-to-read graphs? It's just 
a few clicks of your mouse 
away. Says Menzei, "We are 
filtering information and 
bringing it to people in a 
manner that lets them see 
what they want to see 
quickly so that they don't 
have to jump from site to 

Menzei emphasizes that the 
Web site is just one product 
of their company, 

"something we offer for free 
to create brand awareness. 
We're looking to create a 
company with really 
topnotch products for 
businesses on the Web." 
Menzei is enthusiastic 
about the pair's new 
products in the pipeline, 
including a piece of 
software that "guarantees 
higher click-throughs" 
(viewers reading all the 
screens) on banner ads. 

"Banner advertising is not 
performing the way it 
should," Menzei says. "The 
click-through rate is 
dropping exponentially. 
We've come up with a 
product that benefits the 
Web site and the advertisers 
running the ads." Another 
product in development will 
let any client turn a 
database into a ticker for a 
Web site, displaying 
whatever a client wishes in 
cyberspace — sports 
statistics, special events 
announcements, real estate 
listings — in a continuously 
updated format. 

You can trace the evolution 
of American technology 
through Menzel's bloodline. 
As a small child, he amused 
himself by dissecting then 
re-assembling scrapped 
radios from his 
grandfather's repair shop. 
Later, when his computer 
consultant father brought 

home hardware and 
software, the young Adam 
investigated these. "My dad 
came home with a laptop 
when I was 6 or 7. That 
thing must have weighed 
more than this table," he 
says, tapping a piece of 
furniture in the common 
room of Ziv, "but I thought 
it was so neat that you 
could take it along with 

Menzel's interests are not 
restricted to cyberspace: 
business is his real love. (He 
was buying mutual savings 
bank stocks in high school.) 
Majoring m economics at 
Brandeis, he is also 
completing the 
international business 
program. With all his online 
commitments, he is taking 
five classes this semester — 
four in economics and one 
in Italian. 

Menzei sees the Internet as 
eventually taking "what's 
tedious" out of life. But 
haven't some of 
technology's golden 
promises turned out to be 
tin — remember all the 
"leisure time" we were 
supposed to have by now? 
And might the Internet's 
advantages come with an 
insidious, subtle price, like 
those of television? Menzei 
doesn't think so. "TV 
desensitizes you to the 
world," he says. "The 

Internet facilitates thinking; 
it's designed to work at the 
speed of your mind. Using 
the Internet, you can think 
about a topic, then, 
instantaneously, find 
information about it on the 
Web. You can think about 
something else, then gather 
information about that just 
as quickly. The Internet 
does more than put 
something in front of you, 
like television. There's a lot 
of commercialism on the 
Web and not much sense of 
organization, but it's still a 
great source of 

'Our business model for has really 
changed over time," Menzei 
says. "Originally, we 
wanted to create a site that 
was graphically pleasant 
and easy to use, with lots of 
financial information 

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Brandeis Runners Race 
into the Record Books 

condensed into one site. 
I think we did that; our 
users tell us our site 
presents information in a 
nice way." Menzel and 
Nobel ran banner ads on the 
site, but removed them after 
a week because of negative 
feedback. Their revenues 
now derive from leasing 
their stock ticker to other 
Web sites. 

Menzel talks with his 
partner at Middlebury 
College "at least once a 
day." He says, "Ben handles 
the technical end of the 
business; I handle the 
operations end. We're 
planning on raising venture 
capital during the next few 
months; we really want to 
grow this business. So any 
Brandeis 'angels' should feel 
free to give us a call!" 

— Steve Anable 

Brandeis cross country 
runners and coaches 
recorded impressive finishes 
at end of the season 
championships in 1999. 

On October 30, the Brandeis 
University women's team 
captured its second title at 
the 1999 University 
Athletic Association 
(UAA) Cross Country 
Championships, hosted by 
Carnegie Mellon 
University. The first time 
the team won a UAA title 
was in 1991. 

Heather Davidson '02 and 
Caitlin Malloy '03 finished 
fourth and fifth, 
respectively, for the Judges 
to earn first-team All- 
Association accolades. 
Davidson received second- 
team recognition in her 
rookie season. Jessica 
Curlew '03 and Marico 
Tansey Holbrook '03 were 
joined on the second-team 
All-UAA squad by Morgen 
Buehner '00 and Molly 
Lacher-Katz '01. Curlew 
finished eighth, while 
Holbrook and Buehner 
finished 1 1th and 12th, 
respectively. Lacher-Katz 
finished 14th. 

On the men's team, Rusty 
Nelson '00 finished fourth 
to receive first-team All- 
UAA recognition for the 
third consecutive year. The 
Judges placed fifth in the 
team standings. 

Head coach Bruce Bickford 
and his assistants Mark 
Reytblat and Sandy 
Maddocks earned Coaching 
Staff of the Year honors. 

On November 20, three 
individuals participated in 
the NCAA Division III 
Championships at the Lake 
Breeze Golf Course in 
Winnecone, Wisconsin. In 
the men's cross country 
competition, Samson 
Yohannes '00 placed 
seventh in a field of 212 
runners. He covered the 8K 
course in a time of 24:01.7 
to earn All-American 
honors. Yohannes brought 
an impressive background 
to the competition. As a 
sophomore, he placed 1 1th 
at the nationals. He began 
his senior year by winning 
his first three races. At the 
New England Division III 
Men's Cross Country 
Championships at UMass 
Dartmouth in November 
1999, Yohannes was the 
individual medalist. He ran 
a time of 24:17.68 to best a 
field of 218 runners, leading 
Brandeis to a sixth place 
finish in the 39-team field. 
Yohannes was the seventh 

Brandeis runner to win at 
the New England 
Championships. The last 
winner was Aaron Holley in 

Rusty Nelson '00 also 
qualified for the nationals 
by placing 12th with a time 
of 24:57:03. Nelson was the 
top Brandeis finisher at the 
All New England 
Championships. Nelson is 
the only member of the 
cross country team who 
participated in last year's 
NCAA Cross Country 
Championships. At this 
year's championships. 
Nelson finished 86th with a 
time of 25:06.5. 

In the women's cross 
country competition, 
Heather Davidson '02 
placed 93rd in a field of 213 
runners. In her first trip to 
the nationals, she covered 
the 5K course in a time of 
18:15.6. A week earlier, 
Davidson was I3th in a field 
of 256 runners at the New 
England Division III 
Women's Cross Country 
Championships at UMass 
Dartmouth. Davidson ran a 
time of 18:10.0. She led 
Brandeis to a sixth place 
finish in the 43-team field. 

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acuity and Staff 

Recent Faculty 
Promotions with Tenure 

New Associate Vice 
President for Operations 

The Board of Trustees 
recently approved the 
promotions of Sacha Nelson 
and Gina Turrigiano to 
associate professor of 
biology with the award of 

Sacha Nelson is one of the 
foremost young cellular 
neurophysiologists. He is a 
pioneer who is changing 
how scientists think about 
cortical plasticity, which is 
likely to be one of the most 
fruitful and illuminating 
avenues of neurobiological 
research in coming years. 
Nelson's research attempts 
to understand the 
mechanisms involved in the 
senses of vision and touch, 
and to elucidate the 
connections underlying the 
function of the brain's 
visual system. His work has 
been the subject of articles 
in major journals and he has 
held fellowships and grants 
from the Salk Institute, 
National Institutes of 
Health, the Human 
Frontiers Science Program, 
and the Sloan Foundation. 

Nelson's courses include 
Introduction to 
Neuroscience, Integrative 
Neuroscience, and Human 
Physiology. Nelson 
supervises Ph.D. and 
master's degree students, 
advises undergraduate 
biology and neuroscience 
majors, and supervises 
undergraduates conducting 
research in his laboratory. A 
physician, he plans to 
develop a laboratory 
component using computer 
simulations of real-life 
medical situations. Nelson 
serves as neuroscience 
graduate program chair and 
sits on the Premedical 
Board, and the Internal 
Advisory and Review Board 
for Human Subjects and 
Animal Care. 

Gina Turrigiano has 

changed the way 
neuroscientists think about 
the control of synaptic 
strength in cortical circuits, 
from the cellular to the 
neuronal level, a remarkable 
achievement for a young 
scientist in a controversial 
and crowded field. Her 
findings have major 
consequences for 
understanding the 
mechanisms of brain 
function and brain 
pathologies. Turrigiano's 
work is cited in 
international conferences 
and has been the subject of 
articles in major journals. 
She has received grants 
from the Public Health 

Service, Whitehall and 
Sloan Foundations, the 
National Science 
Fotindation, the first 
Gotthardt-Strage Award for 
Aspiring Young Science 
Faculty, and a National 
Institutes of Health Career 
Development Award. 

Turrigiano teaches 
Introduction to 
Neuroscience, Human 
Physiology, and Cellular 
Neuroscience. She 
supervises senior honors 
projects, doctoral candidates 
and postdoctoral fellows, 
and serves as curriculum 
committee chair of the 
neuroscience program and 
biology department. She is 
also in charge of the 
Neurobiology Journal Club 
and is a member of the 
Faculty Advisory Board to 
the University Counseling 

Edward Adelman joined the 
Brandeis University 
administration in January as 
the new associate vice 
president for operations. In 
his new position, Adelman 
will oversee facilities 
services, public safety, and 
University services. 

Adelman is a registered 
architect and a certified 
facility manager. He comes 
to Brandeis from Salem 
State College, where he was 
the director of facilities 
since 1995. He also worked 
for Babson College and the 
National Park Service. 

Adelman received a 
Bachelor of Architecture 
degree from Cornell 
University and a Master of 
Architecture degree from 
Kent State University. 

President fehuda Reinharz 
receives an Honorary 
Doctor of Humane Letters 
from the Rev. Aloysius P. 
Kelley. S.J., president of 
Farfield University, on 
November 1. 1999. 

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Faculty Notes 

Edward Adelman 

John Burt 

professor of English and 
director, University 
Writing, won the 
Ambassador Award in 1998 
from the English-Speaking 
Union for the most 
significant volume of poetry 
in English and the Hugh 
Holnan award for best book 
in Southern letters for his 
book. The Collected Poems 
of Robert Penn Warren. 

Peter Conrad 

Harry Coplan Professor of 
Social Sciences, published 
Sociological Perspectives on 
the New Genetics (coedited 
with Jonathan Gabe, 
Blackwell Publishers) and 
Handbook of Medical 
Sociology, fifth edition 
(coedited with Chloe Bird 
and Allen Fremont, Prentice 

Stanley Deser 

Enid and Nate Ancell 
Professor of Physics, was 
invited to deliver the 
plenary lecture at the 
Lebedev Institute 
Conference, Moscow, and to 
lecture at the Universities 
of Torino, Bologna, and 
Parma in Italy. 

Robert Greenberg 

associate professor of 
philosophy, delivered a 
paper, "Form and Function 
in Kant's Table of 
ludgments," at the 23rd 
Annual Conference of the 
Northeast American Society 
for 18th-century Studies, 
University of New 
Hampshire, Durham. He 
also delivered "The Place of 
the Logical Functions of 
Judgment in Kant's Logic 
and its Significance in the 
Deductions of the 
Categories" at the ninth 
International Kant 
Congress, Berlin, Germany. 
His book, Kant's Theory of 
A priori Knowledge, is being 
published by Pennsylvania 
State University Press. 

Judith Herzfeld 

professor of biophysical 
chemistry, has been elected 
a Fellow of the American 
Association for the 
Advancement of Science. 
She was honored "for 
insightful modeling of 
crowding-induced order in 
liquid crystals and cells, and 
for pioneering NMR studies 
of spectral tuning and 
energy transduction in 
retinal pigments." 

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Edward Kaplan 

professor of Frencfi and 
comparative literature, 
presented a paper, "Heschel 
as Philosopher: 
Phenomenology and the 
Rhetoric of Revelation," at 
the annual meeting of the 
Association for fewish 
Studies, Chicago. He also 
delivered the opening 
lecture at the first Heschel 
Colloquium in Paris, 
France. He published an 
essay, "Ou va le judaisme 
americain?" in Information 
juive and an intervievk' 
appeared in Temoignage 
Chretien, Paris. 

Raymond Knight 

professor of psychology, was 
appointed to the Gryzmish 
Chair in Human Relations 
in recognition of his 
scholarly accomplishments, 
his teaching, and his 
contributions to the 
Brandeis community and 
his profession. 

Margie Lachman 

professor of psychology, has 
been named to a four-year 
term as editor of the 
Gerontological Society of 
America's Journal of 
Gerontology: Psychological 
Sciences. The journal, 
established in 1946 and 
published six times 
annually, ranks among the 
world's premiere journals 
on the subject of aging. 

Marya Lowry 

artist-in-residence in voice, 
played the title role in a 
radio dramatization of Sarah 
Orne Jewett's The Flight of 
Betsy Lane to be broadcast 
on National Public Radio, 
as part of the award- 
winning Scribbling Women 

Thomas IVIcGrath 

lecturer in fine arts, 
delivered a paper, 
"Negotiation to Execution: 
Color and Communication 
in Artist-Patron 
Relationships," at the 
Renaissance Society of 
America, held in Florence. 

Christopher Miller 

professor of biochemistry 
and Howard Hughes 
Medical Institute 
Investigator, was elected 
president of the Biophysical 
Society for the term 2000-01 . 

Benjamin Ravid 

Jennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
delivered a paper on "How 
Distinguishable Were the 
Jews in Renaissance Italy: 
The Evidence from Venice" 
at the annual meeting of the 
Renaissance Society of 
America, held in Los 

Bernard Reisman 

professor emeritus of 
contemporary Jewish 
studies, lectured to Jewish 
communities in Croatia, 
Hungary, and 
Czechoslovakia. He was 
sent by the American Joint 
Distribution Committee, 
New York City. He is now 
helping to develop a new 
Brandeis program that will 
offer classes to retirees 
beginning in September 

Nicholas Rodis 

professor emeritus of 
physical education, was 
reelected to the 
Commission for Sports 
Regulation by the 
International University 
Sports Federation, the 
governing body for world 
university games and world 
university sports 

Dessima M. Williams 

assistant professor of 
sociology, was appointed to 
the U.N. International 
Advisory Board for "Women 
Go Global," a multimedia 
retrospective on women's 
rights; attended the 
inauguration of South 
Africa's new president, 
Thabo Mbeki, while 
interviewing women leaders 
including speaker and 
deputy speaker of the 
National Assembly; 
interviewed former Prime 
Minister of Dominica Dame 
Mary Eugenia Charles; and 
made a presentation on 
women leaders at the 
National Council for 
Research on Women in 
New York. 

Yehudi Wyner 

Walter M. Naumburg 
Professor of Composition, 
was inducted into the 
American Association of 
Arts and Letters; had the 
premiere of his song cycle 
The Second Madrigal [\999] 
for soprano and 1 1 players 
in Santa Fe; and had two 
birthday concert 
celebrations for his 70th at 
Brandeis and Harvard. His 
Horntrio was presented at 
the Lincoln Center 
Chamber Music Society. 

Palle Yourgrau 

associate professor of 
philosophy, published, with 
Open Court, Godel Meets 
Einstein: Time Travel in the 
Godel Universe (paperback). 
His paper, "Can the Dead 
Really be Buried?," will 
appear in Midwest Studies 
in Philosophy in the issue 
"Birth and Death: 
Metaphysics and Ethics." 

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Faculty Take Brandeis 
into 45 Communities in 
National Women's 
Committee Program 

Brandeis faculty members 
attracted enthusiastic 
audiences totaling more 
than 2,000 people in Florida 
and several West Coast 
communities recently as 
part of the Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee's 
University Outreach 
program. For more than 25 
years this program has been 
forging a tangible link 
between Brandeis and the 
more than 100 National 
Women's Committee 
(NWC) chapters nationwide. 
Approximately 5,000 NWC 
members and friends turn 
out each year to hear 
lectures on everything from 
women and environmental 
protection to images of Jews 
in American popular 
culture. Most of the 
lectures take place during 
Brandeis's January 

Joyce Antler '63, Samuel B. 
Lane Professor of Jewish 
History and Culture, Sylvia 
Barack Fishman, associate 
professor of contemporary 
Jewry and American Jewish 
sociology, and Sharon 
Pucker Rivo, co-founder and 
executive director of the 
National Center for Jewish 
Film and adjunct associate 
professor of Jewish film, 
appeared together in four 
Florida cities in January. 
Rivo covered the image of 
Jews m the early years of 
film, from 1903 to 
Gentleman's Agreement 
(1947), and Fishman in films 
produced during the last 
half of the century, while 
Antler discussed the image 
of Jews in television. All the 
presentations were 
illustrated with video clips. 

Addressing American 
culture in California were 
Stephen Whitfield, Ph.D. '72, 
Max Richter Professor of 
American Civilization, and 
Thomas Doherty, associate 
professor of film studies |on 
the Sam Spiegel Fund). 
Whitfield spoke on the 
contributions of Jews to 
American music and 
Doherty on four years of 
outrageous filmmaking 
immediately preceding the 
crackdown in 1934 by the 
National Legion of Decency 
and the Production Code 
Administration. Speakers 
also visited Las Vegas, Palm 
Springs, Arizona, Texas, San 
Francisco, and San Diego. 

Felicia Herman, a Ph.D. 
candidate in American 
Jewish history at Brandeis, 
also revisited Hollywood in 
her talk, "Views of Jews: 
American Jews, 
Antisemitism, and 
Hollywood, 1920-40S." She 
teamed with Mary Davis, 
adjunct associate professor 
of American studies, in 
Phoenix, Tucson, and San 
Diego. Davis spoke about 

"The Cult of Celebrity, The 
Cult of Privacy: It's Bigger 
Than Hollywood." 

William Flesch, associate 
professor of English and 
American literature, 
entertained audiences with 
his talk "Comic Poetry 
from Limericks to Cole 
Porter" in Seattle, San 
Francisco, and Santa Clara 
Valley. Laura Goldin, 
adjunct assistant professor 
of environmental studies 
and coordinator, external 
programs, rounded out the 
program out west with her 
talk on "Women and 
Environmental Protection: 
Voices of Reason, 
Compassion, and Power." 

These "visiting professors" 
are a particularly coveted 
link to Brandeis for chapters 
far from campus. As one 
chapter president wrote of 
this unique Brandeis 
connection: "Thank you, 
thank you, thank you for 
these wonderful speakers 
and teachers. It made us 
wish we were in their 
classrooms at Brandeis!" 

Faculty speaker Sylvia 
Barack Fishman, faculty 
speaker Sharon Pucker 
Rivo, National Women's 
Committee Event 
Coordinator Shirley 
"Vlahakis. Florida Region 
President Ada Nogee. 
faculty speaker Joyce 
Antler, and National 
Women's Committee Event 
Coordinator Joyce Reider 

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Diane M. Disney, Ph.D. '89 
The Pentagon's Highest- 
Ranking Civilian 
Personnel Manager 

Combine a warm, articulate 
voice with an air of 
authority and energy fueled 
by tremendous enthusiasm 
and obvious appreciation of 
people. Add a quick and 
sustained laughter that 
clearly enjoys seeing the 
humor in life, intertwined 
with an intense desire to 
make a contribution to large 
numbers of people. Make 
sure to put front and center 
a personal mission to learn 
everything possible along 
the way. 

The result is extraordinary 
and compelling. Meet 
Heller School graduate (in 
policy analysis) Diane 
Disney, Ph.D. '89, the 
highest-ranking civilian 
personnel manager in the 
Pentagon, as deputy 
assistant secretary of 
defense for civilian 
personnel policy. 

Her resume is dense with 
titles. But what did she play 
with when she was little' 
She laughs a long, sustained 
laugh, enjoying the 
question. "Play?" She 
laughs again. "Even when I 
was a little kid I liked to 
manage things," she says 
with a slight Southern 
drawl. Growing up in 
Louisville, Kentucky, she 
was organizing the 
neighborhood kids to put on 
theater productions, bossing 
around three younger 
siblings. .."No no no no," 
she exclaims, "that's not 
the right phrase — guide 
them in appropriate 
activity." Whether they 
liked it or not? "Hey, you 
know. The role of the older 
sister is very important." 

Fast forward. "I'm at work 
at 6:00 am, in the office by 
6:15 and leave about 7:30 at 
night. It would be fair to say 
that at least one day on 
every weekend is spent on 
work," she says. 

No wonder. This is what 
she does: as deputy 
assistant secretary of 
defense for civilian 
personnel policy, Disney 
oversees the development 
and implementation of 
policies for managing the 
department's workforce of 
nearly one million civil 
service and other 
employees. Her 
responsibilities include 
staffing, training and 
education, compensation, 
labor and employee 
relations, systems 
modernization and service 
regionalization, and 
rightsizing. She also serves 
as the principal advisor to 
the undersecretary of 
defense for personnel and 
readiness and the assistant 
secretary of defense for 
force management policy on 
policies affecting civilian 
employment. Her 
international activities 
include serving as a 
permanent member of the 
U.S.-Portugal Bilateral 
Commission; chairing a 
committee for the U.S.- 
Chilean Consultative 
Commission; providing 
technical assistance to the 
defense ministries of 
Slovenia, Croatia, Chile, 

and Argentina; and heading 
U.S. delegations negotiating 
with Germany on tax and 
employment issues. When 
you ask how she can 
possibly keep track of 
everything, she gives credit 
to her wonderful staff. 

Her high energy most likely 
stems from her obvious love 
of her job. "Working in the 
Pentagon is demanding, but 
I think it's the most 
fascinating place on the 
planet. Because you have 
the opportunity to work 
with people who are bright, 
dedicated, and committed 
to something bigger than 
themselves — a truly rare 
combination. It's just 
exhilarating," she says. 

You might picture tanks 
when you think of the 
military, but Disney dispels 
that image. She describes 
the Pentagon itself as not 
what people might expect. 
"It's very much like being in 
a humanities exhibit, 
because every corridor 
features art, or historical 
exhibits. There are separate 
corridors devoted to women 
in the military, the buffalo 
soldiers, a relationship with 
Australia and New Zealand, 
NATO, and prisoner of war 
art. There are tours 
regularly given. It's a truly 
fascinating building. If you 
go to any military base, you 
will see a similar respect 
and reverence for history, 
religion, and culture. 

"If you're dealing with 
people who are being asked 
to put themselves in harm's 
way and possibly lose their 
life, then religion becomes a 
matter of great seriousness. 
And I daresay you'll find a 
much higher level of 
religious participation here 

than you would in a cross 
section of the population. 
Every major unit has its 
own historian, and, of 
course, the people who go to 
our service schools study 
history. One can learn 
tactics and strategy by 
studying what has already 
happened, because the 
passion is gone. So history 
IS very important," she 

How does Disney interface 
with the military as a 
civilian? Does being 
literally surrounded by the 
military have bearing on 
what she does? "Oh yes. 
And I love it," she says with 
great gusto. "I'm very 
comfortable with it. There 
is a different culture in each 
of the services, because they 
have different missions. The 
Navy, for example, sends 
people on deployments that 
are, maybe, six months 
long, so the captain of a 
ship has to be totally in 
charge, and it's very 
decentralized. The Air Force 
on the other hand is very 
centralized in its 

Always interested in 
intellectual exploration, 
Disney describes the 
Pentagon as a wonderful 
place to study 

organizational structure and 
the implications of 
structure, because the 
services are not organized in 
the same manner. "The 
Army is where the 
individual member has the 
most contact with civilians, 
because it is clearly land- 
based, and the civilians are 
there and visible all the 
time everv dav. One ol the 

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Diane M. Disney 

central tenets ot democracy, 
of course, is civilian control 
in the military. So you find 
that the chief policy-making 
positions, such as the 
secretary, the deputy 
secretary, the comptroller, 
are all filled by civilians. 
You also find that the 
civilians provide the 
infrastructure services — 
personnel, payroll. When 
there's a job that needs to 
be done, the question is 
asked, 'Is there a reason of 
military necessity?' If there 
is no military necessity, 
then that position is 
civilian. Then we ask the 
question, 'Is the function 
inherently governmental?' If 
it is, then that would be a 
civil servant. If not, then 
that may be subject to 

Asked what a typical day is 
like for her, she answers, 
"In one word, busy. This 
kind of job demands the 
ability to juggle many 
things simultaneously. It's 
never dull, and it's not for 
the faint of heart. But I 
think you feel stress when 
you don't like what you're 
doing. There is a pressure 
that comes from being busy, 
and from concurrent 
demands. But when you 
believe in what you're 
doing, and like the people 
with whom you're doing it, 
then it's not stress in the 
negative sense." 

More like adrenaline? "Oh, 
heavens yes. In my case I've 
been caffeine-free for seven 
years, so adrenaline is really 
important." She laughs, 
talking about running the 
coffee concession at The 
Heller School, determined 
that she would have her 
coffee when she got there in 
the morning, around 7:30. "I 

think I did it because I 
really just liked to count 
the change. I would get up 
there early, because my 
mama didn't raise me to sit 
on the highway. If I didn't 
go early, I would double the 
amount of time it took me 
to commute. 

"But then about 1989 I 
caught a virus, and I lost my 
ability to talk for a couple 
of days, which was 
terrifying. My doctor said 
recent research suggested 
that caffeine damages the 
vocal chords, because it 
constricts them, making the 
voice higher. Since I'm 
somebody who makes a lot 
of speeches, particularly 
after-meal speeches, I might 
want to consider giving it 
up. And I said as long as the 
good Lord and the people in 
Atlanta make caffeine free 
diet cola, all right. When 
they stop, I stop. Except for 
the occasional Godiva 
chocolate, I've been caffeine 

Maybe terror has replaced 
caffeine. "In most of life, 
issues come at you from the 
front, or from the back, or 
from the side. Here, things 
come at you out of the sun, 
from a 45-degree angle, up 
from the bottom. It's like 
being a fighter pilot, or in a 
simulator, where you have 
360 degrees of potential 
problems. You have to focus 
fast, and you learn to keep a 
number of things simmering 

She describes a discipline 
within the Pentagon, which 
demands that she write 
information papers all the 
time, typically limited to 
one page. "When you get in 
the habit of giving the 
background, the description 
of the situation, the facts 
that bear on the situation, 
and your recommendation, 
all in one page, it is great 
discipline for thinking. I 
have had to brief the 
Secretary of Defense in 
three or four minutes, 
before going into a 

Part of what Disney does 
involves international labor 
relations. It is important 
that she knows her position, 
and also understands the 
politics and history of the 
other country. Thus she 
must be a student. "That's 
one of the joys here," she 
exclaims. "I learn 
something every day. There 
aren't many jobs where you 
can say that." 

What is her favorite part of 
the job? "Having all the 
men call me ma'am." She 
laughs and it's contagious. 
"I grew up in a Southern 
'ma'am' and 'sir' culture. 
When I went to New York 
and New England, I thought 
people were unbearably 
rude. But in the military 
there is military etiquette 
and protocol, which are 

extremely important. The 
military trains people for 
situations that are likely to 
recur. You want people, 
when they're faced with 
difficult situations, not to 
have to waste time thinking 
about the predictable. Their 
thinking energy should go 
towards the new and the 
different, so that they can 
focus fast on what's 

Part of what is predictable 
is how to treat each rank. 
"Whether you know the 
person or not, you respect 
the rank. When I travel 
somewhere, my bio always 
precedes me. (Brandeis has 
gotten a great deal of 
publicity — its name has 
been seen by millions of 
people.) The people at the 
receiving end know what 
kind of room I should be in, 
which kind of protocol 
officer to send to pick me 
up, what kind of seating 
arrangement there should 
be. Dress is specified on an 
invitation to an event. So 
none of us has to think 
about that kind of detail — 
ambiguity is removed." 

Protocol and discipline are 
reflected in the grandeur of 
her workplace. "Let me give 
you a sense of the size of 
this place," she says. "The 
Pentagon has five corridors 

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that go around mside. In the 
middle of the building is a 
five-acre park. The E Ring is 
the outermost corridor, and 
that is a mile in 
circumference. There is 
room for 25,000 people to 
work here, a parking lot 
that has room for 10,000 
vehicles. It's 

What about the unwieldy 
bureaucracy that the huge 
physical structure of the 
Pentagon brings to mind? 
"Issues arise very quickly, 
but some processes can take 
quite a long time. You have 
to be patient and learn the 
levers of the system. A key 
tenet is the belief that 
people who have had a say 
in making a decision will 
enforce that decision more 
readily. So we have officers 
from different components 
who all agree on something 
before it's bumped up to the 
next level. That way, once a 
decision is reached, that's 
it. You do not, as in 
academia, revisit. 
Everybody salutes smartly 
and gets on with it." 

Disney has always, to some 
extent, envisioned herself 
participating in 
government. "One of the 
things that attracted me to 
Brandeis was it was one of 
the rare places where I 
could do cross sector 
work — business, 
government, and nonprofit. 
I had worked in all those 
areas, and at The Heller 
School I specialized in the 
labor economics side. I 
regard going to Brandeis as 
one of the best decisions I 
made as a grown-up. And 
coming to the Pentagon was 
one of the others. I'm now 
in my sixth year." 

Disney has been redesigning 
the way the department 
does civilian personnel 
management. She has 
overseen the streamlining of 
their process of data 
management into one 
modern system. When fully 
deployed, this innovation 
will save $200 million a 

She particularly enjoys 
working with emerging 
democracies |she has 
worked with Slovenia, 
Croatia, Argentina, and 
Chile), helping them 
establish their civil service 
programs, particularly with 
regard to developing civilian 
leaders. She explains that 
civilian control of the 
military is a central tenet of 
democracy. But that won't 
work unless you have a civil 
service that continues past 
elections. "If all the top 
positions would turn over in 
every election, then all of 
the corporate knowledge 
stays on the military side. 
So the countries with which 
I've worked need some help 
in getting the mechanics of 
the civilian side to work for 
continuity," she explains. 

An appointed position, her 
job is not forever. "You 
have to view something like 
this as the opportunity for a 
star turn, and to do 
something worthwhile. But 
you can't view yourself as 
indispensable, because you 
as an individual are 
eminently dispensable. You 
absolutely have to be a team 

The team at Heller is one 
she will never forget. "No 
matter where I go or what I 
do, I will always remember 
Brandeis Heller School 
fondly." She looks back to 
one experience in 
particular, noting that she 
"took to It," completing 13 
courses in 11 months. "I 
wanted to get everything 
out of it I possibly could. 
And I was driving up 1-95 
one morning (note that I 
had come to Brandeis with 
two master's degrees plus 
other graduate work), and I 
had this image of being in a 
book-laden room, having a 
fascinating time, and 
realizing that three months 
before, I hadn't even known 
there was a door there. I 
mean it was just 
intellectually orgasmic." 

Disney is an exceptional 
ambassador and an 
unabashed champion of The 
Heller School. "I spent most 
of my time there with the 
economists — Barry 
Friedman, Bob Lerman, and 
Lenny Hausman. It's hard to 
imagine a place where the 
mind is more respected than 
at The Heller School. And I 
love the little things, like 
the campus is full of art. 
There's not a place I can 
think of that makes better 
use of art outdoors. The 
story of the chapels, where 
at no time of the day, at no 
time of the year, does the 
shadow of one fall upon 
another, is wonderful. That 
reflects a culture that has 
very strong values and a 
great appreciation for the 
mind. It's a treasure of a 

— Marjorie Lyon 

Allen Alter Named Senior 
Coordinating Producer 
for CBS News' 45 //01/rs 

Allen Alter '71 has been 
named senior coordinating 
producer, 48 Hours, the CBS 
News magazine. He will 
serve as overall coordinator 
for the broadcast and as 
liaison with the CBS News 
division, as well as 
specifically coordinating 
editing projects and post- 
production assignments for 
48 Hours. 

A 16-year veteran of CBS 
News, Alter joins 48 Hours 
after serving as foreign 
editor and a senior producer 
for CBS News since March 
1992. Alter was responsible 
for the logistics and 
editorial thrust of CBS 
News's non-domestic 
coverage. With senior CBS 
News management, he 
helped plan and implement 
the division's strategies for 
foreign coverage. 

10 Brandeis Review 

Adam Hyman '97 
Does Something for 
Do Something 

He had been particularly 
involved m CBS News 
projects in Cuba since 1992 
and was instrumental in 
laying the groundwork for 
CBS This Morning's 
coverage from Havana in 
1993 and for Dan Rather's 
1996 documentary, "The 
Last Revolutionary," which 
included extensive 
interviews with Cuban 
President Fidel Castro. In 
January 1998, Alter 
spearheaded the CBS News 
team that covered the 
historic visit of Pope John 
Paul II to Cuba. 

Alter has held numerous 
other positions at CBS 
News, including deputy 
foreign editor for CBS News 
(1991-92), producer for the 
CBS Evening News With 
Dan i^ather (1990-91) and 
for CBS News's award- 
winning 1989 series, "The 
Changing Face of 
Communism." He won a 
1988 Emmy Award for his 
role in producing CBS News 
coverage of the tragedy of 
Pan Am 103. 

He was graduated from 
Brandeis University with a 
degree in history and from 
the University of Sussex in 
Brighton, England with a 
master's degree in American 

Allen Alter 

As one of 30 participants in 
the Do Something Coast to 
Coast Challenge, Adam 
Hyman '97 rode his bicycle 
3,725 miles in eight weeks 
last summer, from the 
Golden Gate Bridge in San 
Francisco to the Statue of 
Liberty in New York. In 
doing so, he raised 
awareness and $7,000 for 
Do Something's causes. 

Says Hyman, "It was truly 
the most challenging thing I 
have ever done, physically 
and mentally. I learned a 
great deal about self- 
motivation, determination, 
and teamwork over the 
course of those 85-mile 
days. We don't get many 
opportunities in life to do 
something so special. I had 
the unique opportunity to 
see America and to give 
back at the same time." 

Do Something is a national, 
nonprofit, youth leadership 
organization that trains. 

Adam Hyman m 
western Utah 

funds, and mobilizes young 
people to take action in 
measurably strengthening 
their communities. The 
organization sets up school- 
based and after-school 
mentoring programs, 
community service training 
programs, and award grants 
to young community 
service activists. 

"I will always remember the 
theme of my Brandeis 
Orientation: Carpe Diem. 1 
am happy that I seized the 
day and I hope everyone 
does something, at least 
once in their lives, that 
takes them out of their 
comfort zone and truly 
challenges them down to 
the core. The power of 
determination can help you 
accomplish almost 
anything, " says Hyman of 
his achievement. 

Hyman worked at Banco 
Bilbao Vizcaya in New York 
City prior to the trip and is 
planning to attend business 
school next fall. 

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David Allon '81 
Alumni Club of 
Philadelphia President 

Arriving in the United 
States at age 16 from Israel, 
David Allon '81 attended 
Brookline jMassachusetts) 
High School for one year, 
struggling with culture 
shock. Through his sister. 
Daphne Balick '11 , he found 
relief. Balick was attending 
Brandcis and about to 
graduate when Allon 
discovered the University's 
familiar Jewish 
environment, making the 
transition easier from high 
school to college. 

"I liked that Brandeis was a 
small school, a quality 
education, and a good 
environment," he says, 
adding that he greatly 
values the close friendships 
he made and kept. "Some of 
the best friends I have to 
this day have come from 
Brandeis, and they are all 
over the country — Boston, 
Washington, Philadelphia, 
Chicago, California. We get 
together for a reunion at 
least once a year. This past 
summer a lot of us turned 
40 and we went on a golf 
outing. Unfortunately, it 
was 100 degrees." 

As a freshman at Brandeis, 
Allon debated whether to 
study economics or physics. 
"I took my first course with 
Professor [of Economics] 
Barney Schwalberg and it 
was great — I chose 
economics," he explains. 
Allon spent a year abroad 
studying at the London 
School of Economics, 
because he wanted to 
continue studying economic 
development in Asia. He 
also continued an interest 
in Israel. 

Although he planned to go 
to graduate school, Allon 
wanted to take a break from 
his studies. After 
Commencement he worked 
in economic research at 
Data Resources in 
Lexington, Massachusetts. 
"I had a strong interest in the 
stock market and 
investments, so I got 
licensed, sold securities, 
and did some financial 
planning and advising," he 
explains. Allon then earned 
an M.B.A. in finance from 
Columbia University in 
1989. He felt that New York 
City was a great place to 
be — for a short time. He 
moved to Philadelphia a 
year later. 

Allon says it was natural for 
him to become involved 
with the Brandeis Alumni 
Association, through the 
Philadelphia club. Whether 
It IS interviewing 
prospective students, 
arranging events to get 
alumni together, or hosting 
faculty-in-the-field events, 
"which seems to be a very 
big draw," he says, Allon is 
an enthusiastic participant. 
Asked to be president tour 
years later, he thought it 
would be a great way to 
meet people. Now president 
for almost five years, 
Allon's term ends this 
summer. He has thoroughly 
enjoyed his tenure. 

One of the favorite events 
in Philadelphia, he says, is 
hosting professors to speak 
about their areas of 
expertise. "In recent years 
Barney Schwalberg, Jack 
Shonkoff, Iim Habcr, Gerry 
Bernstein, George Ross, and 
Arthur Kaplan have visited 
the alumni in Philadelphia. 
That seems to be the most 
attractive core event. It 

brings people in from all 
decades," he explains. Allon 
describes with delight a 
hugely successful 50th 
Anniversary gala in 
Philadelphia planned by the 
club for a year m advance. 

"I think as the club has 
evolved, it is valuable to 
have a large steering 
committee, a couple of 
people from each decade 
getting involved, planning 
events and doing outreach 
to other alumni," he 
explains. "The most 
important thing is to 
strengthen the connection 
of alumni with Brandeis. 
Alumm are a very 
important constituency." 

Allon works in money 
management and trading, as 
a private investor himself, 
and provides financial 
advice to a handful of 
clients. He has some 
emphasis on Israeli 
companies, especially the 
ones that are public in the 
United States. "It was 
something I wanted to get 
into about seven years ago, 
but then there were only 
about 15 Israeli companies 
public in the United States. 
Now there are over 100, so 
it's quite interesting," he 

After experience as an 
options trader on the 
Philadelphia Stock 
Exchange for over six years, 
Allon traded in the 
extremely hectic life for 
more control over his work 
environment by opening an 
office in his home when he 
founded Oak Securities, LP. 

With two boys, a 6 year old 
and a baby born in January 
2000, Allon and his wife 
Andrea Rose, whom he met 
at Columbia, live in Wayne, 
Pennsylvania, about 20 
miles west of Philadelphia. 
"We went on a trip to Boston 
last summer, and I took my 
son around campus," says 
Allon. "He liked it. I hope 
he will go to Brandeis." 

Allon enjoys his role as 
president of the club 
because, "I absolutely 
enjoyed my Brandeis 
experience and I want to 
make sure people are tied to 
the University in as many 
ways as possible. I also 
enjoy meeting alumni from 
the different decades." And 
yes, he would absolutely 
recommend the job as club 

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A Three-Generation Legacy 

For three generations of the 
family, BranJeis provides a 
common ground for women 
who share an avid interest 
in literature and the 
sciences, an entrepreneurial 
spirit, immense vitality, and 
a questioning mind. Sandy 
Starr Glassman 'S4 was on 
campus at the beginning in 
1951, when Brandeis was 
not yet accredited and all 
students could be viewed as 
pioneers. Her daughter 
Carol Glassman Cook '75 
enjoyed a vastly expanded 
campus in a different era. 
And today, Carol's daughter 
Katie '03 is forging her own 
identity, eager to absorb all 
Brandeis has to offer. 

Sandy came to Brandeis 
with a full scholarship from 
Girls' Latin School in 
Boston. There she had 
studied the classics, and a 
resulting love of literature 
has stayed with her to this 
day. But at Brandeis, she 
chose to study physics. "For 
me physics was always a 
tremendous romance. It was 
the secrets of the universe. 
And what could be more 
romantic than that? What 
could be more beckoning?" 
she adds that Brandeis was a 
very small community, 
"very much a family feeling. 
The administration at that 
time bent over backwards to 
create that sense of 

Carol transferred to 
Brandeis from the 
University of Massachusetts 
at Amherst, in search of a 
more personal environment 
after living in a high-rise 
dorm and having a "very 
impersonal academic and 
social experience." 

The feeling of community 
remains strong in the 
present, and Katie 
especially enjoys it. 
"Everyone was so friendly 
when I arrived and I still 
think that the campus is 
unlike any other I have ever 
visited," she says, 
explaining that it is 
especially the sense of 
community that makes it 
unique. Katie enjoys living 
in Massel overlooking the 
pond. "The residents have 
made it a close-knit dorm 
where we are all friends." 

Carol remembers, "What I 
found at Brandeis were a lot 
of other kids who were 
more like me than not." 

During her years at 
Brandeis, Carol spent a 
semester in Israel. Looking 
back, she says, "I only now 
appreciate what an 

opportunity this was. ...Here 
I was studying the Hebrew 
language and culture in the 
land where it originated. As 
a result of my time there I 
still speak fairly fluent 
Hebrew. I had afternoons 
free and would wander 

around the markets in 
Jerusalem and take field 
trips with my friends. I was 
able to see my family there, 
which I wouldn't have 

Sandy recalls a much 
different undergraduate 
experience: "I was a 
commuting student from 
Mattapan, and I worked in 
the Library, a delightful 
stone cottage. I remember 
long, sweet afternoons 
sitting in an upper alcove 
listening to classical 
music." More than two 
decades later, Carol 
describes a spring walk 
meandering across campus 
with her mother Sandy that 
was nostalgic and strange. 
Eating at the Faculty 
Center, visiting an exhibit 
in the Library, their 
experiences converged: both 
remembered events on 
campus at completely 
different times, separate yet 

The same situation arises 
with Carol and Katie. Carol 
says, "It is almost as if 25 
years or so did not take 
place when I'm on the 
campus with her. It's not 
exactly like I'm a student, 
but It feels like a 
homecoming of sorts." 

Sandy Starr Glassman 
Carol Glassman Cook 

In contrast, her daughter 
Katie is happy to have a 
brand new experience all 
her own, with no vestige of 
the past clinging to her 
perceptions. "The torch has 
been passed and I'm going 
to horde it," she says with a 
laugh. "I never mention 
that my mom or 
grandmother went to 
Brandeis." Not yet decided 
on a major, Katie is 
interested in the sciences, 
but "the other part of me is 
pulling towards English," 
she explains. In her first 
semester she took general 
chemistry, calculus, a lab, 
and French. 

Her mother followed 
another path. Though she 
majored in theater with a 
heavy concentration in 
chemistry, Carol says. 

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Alumni Club Leaders 

''there's something ahout 
computer science that really 
called me." She now works 
as a consultant to the 
architectural, engineering, 
and construction industries, 
accounting and project 
management software. 
Carol explains, "The math 
and science background I 
received at Brandeis was the 
ideal foundation for my 
master's degree in computer 
science at Boston 

Even though Carol has a 
successful business with a 
nationwide clientele, her 
office is in her home in 
Needham, and the people 
who work for her have 
offices in their homes. "It's 
a very nineties business," 
she says. "There is no one 
building that houses the 
office, because we are on- 
site most of the time. I 
really like that flexibility. It 
allows me to spend time 
with my children. And I'm a 
very family centered person. 
I think you can still be 
successful in business and 
be a successful productive 
mother and family 
member," she says 
emphatically. With a son in 
the sixth grade, she relishes 
a lifestyle that includes her 
husband who also works 
from home. They enjoy the 
parenting experience and, 
says Carol, "Having Katie 
close by, frankly, for me, 
became a huge priority." 

Is Brandeis a CDmmun 
ground with Katie? "It's 
that bittersweet eye-rolling 
kind of common ground," 
says Carol, adding, "One of 
the things that I can give 
her is a perspective and the 
advice to relax a little. 
These are great years. You 
are supposed to be 
exploring, you are supposed 
to be getting a feel for what 
it is you want to do. I 
clearly did not graduate in 
what I chose as a career, and 
it didn't hamper me in any 
way, it only enriched me," 
she says. 

What Cook took from 
Brandeis she says, is "a 
mindset, and tools. In terms 
of how it molded me as a 
person, I gained a sense of 
independence, a sense of 
empowerment. Brandeis 
was light years ahead of 
every other university in 
regard to women's rights. I 
never experienced an 
educational glass ceiling at 
Brandeis. It was the 
opposite: I could do 
anything," explains Carol. 

Her mother agrees: "I have 
always felt that one of the 
most valuable traditions of 
Jewish intellectualism is 
the ferment of ideas, which 
is still very important to 


William C. Miller '87 


Lauren Small '78 

Greater Boston 

Martin "Marty" Bloom '79 

Nortliern California 

James O'Neil '78 

Southern California 

Albert Spevak '73 


Ruth Abrams Goldberg '53 

Audrey Rogovin Madans '53 


Debbie Moeckler Berman '87 


Darlene G. and Chuck 
Kamine '74 

Betroit/Ann Arbor 

Larry Nemer '76 

Southern Florida 

Steven Sheinman '79 

West Coast Florida 

Sylvia Haft Firschein '55 

Joan Greenberger Gurgold '53 

Great Britain 

Joan Givner Bovarnick, 
Ph.D. '69 


Alyssa Sanders '89 


Rose Weinberg '57 


Suk Won Kim '70 

Long Island 

Jaime Ezratty '86 

Northern New Jersey 

Saul Wolfe '55 

New York City 

Amy G. DaRosa '94 


David J. Allon '81 

Washington, B.C 

Seth K. Arenstein '81 

Westchester County 

Susan Deutsch '62 

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Alumni Club Events 

Alumni Association 

Members of the Alumni 
Association's Board of 
Directors gathered on 
campus for their fall 1999 
meetmg during Homecoming 
and Doing lustice Weekend, 
October 16-17, 

Front row: Steven Coan '84. 
M.M.H.S. '90. Ph.D. '97, 
Janet Besso Becker '73. Joan 
Wallack '60. Sharyn Sooho 
'69. Kofi Gyasi '79. 
Lawrence Harris '63. Ira 
Shoolman '62. Jennifer 
Weiner '00. Debbie 

Moeckler Berman '87; second 
row: Victor Ney '81. Sally 
Glickman '59, Susan 
Deutsch '62. Wendi Adelson 
'01. Paul Zlotoff '72. Richard 
Saivetz '69. Marianne Paley 
Nadel '85; back row: Seth 
Arenstein '81, David 
AUon '81. Albert Spevak '73. 
Yehuda Cohen '81, Wilfred 
Chilangwa. Jr. '91, M.A. '92. 
Simon Klarfeld, M.A. '94. 
Joseph Pcrkms '66. Michael 
Hammerschmidt '72. Chuck 
Kainine '74, Darlene G. 
Kamine '74, Steven 
Sheinman '79 

Alumni Clubs of Baltimore and 
Washington, D.C. 

Robert Sekuler '60, the 
Frances and Louis H. 
Salvage Professor of 
Psychology and the Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, 
participated in two Faculty- 
in-the-Field events in fall 
1999. He spoke to 25 
Baltimore alumni on 
October 23 and to 40 
Washington, D.C, alumni 
on October 24. 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston- 
Downtown Lunch Series 

More than 70 alumni 
attended the September 15, 
1999, Downtown Lunch 
Series with Robert Reich, 
University Professor and the 
Maurice B. Hexter Professor 
of Social and Economic 
Policy, who spoke about 
"The Economy and Politics 
in 2000." Elizabeth lick '81, 
managing director of 
investment banking/public 
finance at CIBC/ 
Oppenheimer, hosts and 
Barbara Cantor Sherman '54 
chairs the monthly series. 

Thirty alumni attended the 
October 13 meeting of the 
Downtown Lunch Series at 
Fleet Bank with Michael 
Kahana, assistant professor 
of psychology and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems. Kahana 
detailed "Explorations in 
Human Memory and 

Alumni listen attcnlively as 
Michael Kahana explains 
various memory tests and 
his work at Brandeis 

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Tup L,u\'ii iiv Petsko and 
Barbara Cantor Sherman '54. 
chair of the Downtown 
Lunch Series 

Above: Petsko responds to 
questions by alumni after his 

On November 10, 1999, the 
Downtown Lunch Series 
featured Gregory A. Petsko, 
the Gyula and Katica 
Tauber Professor of 
Biochemistry and Molecular 
Pharmacodynamics and 
director of the Rosenstiel 
Basic Medical Sciences 
Research Center. His 
remarks about "Discovering 
New Drugs in the Age of 
Genomics" were well 
received by the 29 alumni 
in attendance at the Fleet 
Bank Building. 

More than 30 alumni 
gathered at Fleet Bank to 
hear Provost and Senior 
Vice President for Academic 
Affairs Irving R. Epstein's 
remarks about "Brandeis in 
the New Millennium" on 
Decembers, 1999. 


Above: Brian Irwin 
Yana Zotman '99 

' and 

Top Right: Paaras Kumar '99 
and David Liberman '99 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston 

Alumni of the Nineties 
mingled at Vinny Testa's in 
Brooklme on Wednesday, 
October 20, 1999. More 
than 35 alumni from the 
Classes of 1990-99 were in 
attendance to see old 
friends and make new ones 
at the "Happy Hour," 
generously sponsored by 
Marty Bloom '79, Alumni 
Club of Greater Boston 
president and CEO of Vinny 
Testa's Restaurants. 

Twenty-five Alumni of the 
Nineties mingled at Vinny 
Testa's in Boston during a 
"Happy Hour" on 
Wednesday, November 17, 
1999. Marty Bloom '79, club 
president and CEO of Vinny 
Testa's Restaurants, 
provided appetizers for the 

Marsha fackson '74 and 
Kofi Gyasi '79 

Committee member Albert 
Zabm '59 welcomes alumni 
to the event. 

Traci Portnoff Chason ' 
and Eric Weinstock '90 


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Alumni Club of Houston 

On Sunday, November 7, 
1999, alumni enjoyed a 
Faculty-m-the-Field event 
featuring Stephen 1. 
Whitfield, Ph.D. 72, the Max 
Richter Professor of 
American Civilization, prior 
to attending the Jewish 
Community Center of 
Houston Book Fair, v^fhere he 
presented his latest book, "In 
Search of American Jewish 
Culture." Maxine Dachslager 
Goodman '87 hosted the 

Alyssa Sanders '89. Alumni 
Club of Houston president: 
Stephen /. Whitfield. 
Ph.D. 72, the Max Richter 
Professor of American 
Civilization; Maxine 
Dachslager Goodman '87 
(and daughter Audrey), 
host: and David Bell '71 

Alumni Club of Chicago 

rhe first in the new 
Downtown Lunch Series 
was held on October 7, 
1999, at the Chicago 
Mercantile Exchange. Jim 
Oliff '71, second vice chair 
of the Merc, hosted more 
than 20 alumni. 

On Wednesday, November 
1 7, 1999, the Downtown 
Lunch Series featured 
attorney Aviva Futorian '59 
who spoke about "The 
Death Penalty in Illinois: 
What's wrong with it, and 
why should we care?" 
Emily Soloff '69 welcomed 
20 alumni to the American 
Jewish Committee. 

Alumni Club of Cincinnati 

The Club held its second 
official alumni event on 
November II, 1999. Chuck 
and Darlene G. Kamine '74, 
copresidents, hosted eight 
alumni of the eighties and 
nineties for dinner at their 

Nearly 300 alumni, faculty, 
students, and friends 
watched a special preview 
of Oprah Winfrey Presents: 
Tuesdays With Morrie on 
Sunday, December 5, 1999, 
on campus. Maurice Stein, 
the Jacob S. Potofsky 
Professor of Sociology, 
provided a heartfelt 
introduction to the movie 
about his former colleague. 
Thanks to Marty Bloom '79 
and members of the club 
committee for turning out 
to make it a success. 

loan Furber Kalafatas '65. 
Michael Kalafatas '65, and 
Shcrri Geller '92 

Martin Bloom '79 and 
Professor Maurice Stein 

Alumni Club of England 

Thirteen alumni and guests 
enjoyed a "Thanksgiving 
Tea" on Saturday, 
November 28, 1999, at the 
home of Alberta Strage '56 
in London. 

Alumni Club of Southern Florida 

The September 30, 1999, 
event with Guinter Kahn, 
"The Reaction of German 
Doctors to Their Role in the 
Holocaust," was held at the 
Aventura Hospital and 
Medical Center for 20 
alumni and 40 members of 
the Southern Florida 
medical community. 

On Sunday, November 7, 
1999, a group viewed two 
exhibits at the Broward 
County Main Library in 
Fort Lauderdale. Following 
the viewing of "The 
Promise" and "Parallel 
Visions: The Birth of 
Freedom and Democracy in 
America and Israel," the 
group heard comments from 
Abraham J. Gittelson, 
immediate past executive 
director of the Central 
Agency for Jewish 
Education of Broward 

Alumni Club of Long Island 

The Club hosted an exciting 
sold-out event at the U.S. 
Open Tennis Quarterfinals 
at Arthur Ashe Stadium on 
Thursday, September 9, 

Alumni Club of New York City- 
Allied Health Professionals 

On Tuesday, November 30, 
1999, 30 alumni gathered 
for "Healthcare in the New 
Millennium." Panelists 
included David Cohen '58, 
M.D., Marc Grossman '73, 
Suzanne Lerner '87, 
M.M.H.S. '95, and Michael 
Singer '74. The moderator 
was Douglas Monasebian '84, 
M.D., D.M.D. 

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Alumni Club of New York City- 
Real Estate Group 

On Thursday, October 14, 
1999, the Real Estate Group 
in New York hosted 
"Everything You Need to 
Know about Buying and 
Renovating a Home" for 60 
attendees at Brandeis 
House. Panelists included 
Edward '61 and (udith '63 
Feldstein, real estate 
brokers; Jaime Ezratty '86, 
attorney; and Jeffrey 
Tuchman '78, mortgage 
broker. Glenn Langberg '82 
served as moderator. 

On Thursday, November 
18, 1999, 35 alumni 
gathered for "How to Get 
Started in the Manhattan 
Real Estate Market" 
presented by Joshua 
Prottas '82, director at 
Walter & Samuels 
Residential LLC, and 
Deborah Haleman-Horn '91, 
management executive at 
Goodstein Management. 

Alumni Club of New York City- 
Wall Street Group 

Michael G. Plummer, 
associate professor of 
economics and director, 
Lemberg M.A. Program of 
the Graduate School of 
International Economics 
and Finance, spoke to 18 
alumni on "Asian 
Economics: Prospects for 
Recovery." The luncheon 
was held on Friday, October 

22, 1999, at Schulte Roth &. 
Zabel on Third Avenue. 

Twenty-five alumni learned 
about "Making Money 
Consistently: The 
advantages of non- 
traditional investing versus 
traditional investing" as 
presented by Herbert Adler 
of Halcyon/ Alan B. Slifka 
Management Company, 
LLC on Tuesday, November 

23, 1999. 

Alumni Club of New York City- 
Midtown Lunch Series 

The second in the Midtown 
Luncheon Series featured 
Jacqueline Jones, Truman 
Professor of American 
Civilization and MacArthur 
Fellow, whose topic was 
"The Problem of Equality in 
American History." Allan 
M. Pepper '64 hosted 15 
alumni at Kaye, Scholar, 
Fierman, Hays &. Handler 
on Park Avenue at the 
November 10 program. 

Meyer Koplow '72 hosted 20 
alumni on December 2, 
1999, at the midtown law 
offices of Wachtell Lipton 
Rosen and Katz to hear 
Adjunct Research Professor 
and Director of the Cohen 
Center for Modern Jewish 
Studies Leonard Saxe's talk 
on "The Truth about Lies." 
A lively discussion on the 
place of truth and lies in 
contemporary society 
followed lunch and Saxe's 

Alumni Club of New York City 

On September 23, 1999, 78 
recent graduates came 
together at Brandeis House 
for an Alumni of the 
Nineties reception. 

Thirty-five alumni of the 
fifties and sixties gathered 
for brunch at Brandeis 
House on October 26, 1999, 
followed by a tour of the 
Recent Acquisitions to the 
Modern Design Collection 
at The Metropolitan 
Museum of Art by Assistant 
Curator Jane Adlin '68. 

More than 60 alumni 

representing all five decades 
at Brandeis met for 
Halloween Brunch at 
Brandeis House on October 

On November 10, 1999, 23 
alumni of the eighties 
united at Brandeis House to 
hear Jacqueline Jones, 
Truman Professor of 
American Civilization and 
MacArthur Fellow, speak on 
"American Society at the 
Millennium: The Enduring 
Problem of Equality." 

Ten alumni and guests 
enjoyed a reception and 
lecture by Leonard Saxe, 
adjunct research professor 
and director of the Cohen 
Center for Modern Jewish 
Studies, on Wednesday, 
December 1, 1999. His topic 
was "From Generation to 
Generation: Will Our 
Children and Grandchildren 
be Jewish-" Barbara 
Zimet '71 chaired the event. 

OnDeccmbei 1. h>A;, 25 
Alumni of the Nineties 
gathered at Brandeis House 
for a reception to meet old 
friends and former 

Over 200 alumni and 
University friends 
experienced the warmth and 
ambiance of Brandeis House 
at the Holiday Party on 
Wednesday, December 15, 
1999. Alumni, parents, and 
friends feasted on 
sumptuous desserts and 
champagne and celebrated 
the holiday season with the 
beautiful sounds of a string 

18 Brandeis Review 

Professor Gerald Bernstein, 
hast Michael Hauptman 73, 
and Club President David 
Allan '81 

Adam Ehilich '98, Karyn 
Bangel Lewin '76. and 
Linda Kanner '79 

Alumni Club of Philadelphia 

Michael Hauptman 73 
hosted 30 alumni at his 
office on October 10, 1999, 
for a well-received Faculty- 
in-the-Field event featuring 
Associate Professor of Fine 
Arts Gerald Bernstein, who 
presented "Building a 
Campus: An Architectural 
Celebration of Brandeis 
University's SOth 

Sixty alumni and guests 
gathered for an after-work 
Happy Hour in 
Philadelphia's Old City at 
Buddakan. Committee 
members Shelly Wolf 
Woods '67, Tamara 
Chasan '91, and Larry 
Phillips '97 helped to make 
it a great success. 

Alumni Club of Westchester 

A wine and cheese 
reception for 21 alumni and 
guests followed a Faculty- 
in-the-Field presentation by 
Judith Tsipis, professor of 
biology and director of the 
Genetic Counseling 
Graduate Program, on 
"Advances in Genetics: 
Promise and Pitfalls." 
Barbara '64 and Allan '66 
Pepper of Scarsdale hosted 
the November 7, 1999, 

Tcrrie Williams 

Minority Alumni Network-New 
York City 

Twenty alumni )c)ined 
Terrie Williams '75, 
president of the Terrie 
Williams Agency on 
Tuesday, October 19, 1999, 
at Brandeis House. 

Student Alumni Association 

More than 75 students were 
engaged at the World of 
Imagination program on 
Tuesday, November 2, 
1999. Congratulations to 
Jennifer Werner '00 and 
Wendi Adelson '01, cochairs 
of the Student Alumni 
Association. Alumni 
participants included Alison 
B. Bass '75, Arthur C. 
Beale '62, Mitchell Benoff '68, 
Glenn S. Berger '90, Phyllis 
Ewen '65, Marian K. 
Glasgow '63, Karen Gitten 
Gobler '89, Gabrielle R. 
Gropman '59, Ann C. 
Grossman '69, Cliff 
Hauptman '69, M.F.A. '73, 
Karin S. McQuillan '71, 
Marianne Paley Nadel '85, 
Laura E. Noonan '92, Sally 
Pinkas '79, Ph.D. '91, 
Thomas P. Phillips '74, 
Arnold L. Reisman '64, 
Michael H. Schaffer '66, 
Ellen Shapiro '74, and Sam 
Weisman, M.F.A. '73. 

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Alumni College 2k: 
A New Beginning 
Friday, June 16, 2000 

Upcoming Alumni Club 
Spring Events 

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Alumni Club of Greater 


Wednesday, April 12, 2000 

12:00-1:30 pm 

Downtown Lunch Series 

featurmg Shulamit 

Reinharz, Ph.D. 77 

Professor of Sociology and 

Director, Women's Studies 


Women as Faculty and 

Students at Brandeis 


Free for dues-paid members, 

$10 per person 


Alumni Club of New York 


Thursday, May 18, 2000 
6:00-9:00 pm 
All Alumni Open House 
Brandeis House, 12 East 
77th Street 

Alumni Club of Greater 

Wednesday, May 10, 2000 
12:00-1:30 pm 
Downtown Lunch Series 
featuring Attila O. Klein 
Professor of Biology 
Environmental Studies 
Program: Link between the 
Campus and the 

Free for dues-paid members, 
$10 per person 


Sunday, May 21, 2000 
Brandeis Campus 


Alumni Club of New York 


Thursday, June 15, 2000 
6:00-9:00 pm 
All Alumni Open House 
Brandeis House, 12 East 
77th Street 

Brandeis University 
Reunion 2000 

Thursday, lune 15-Sunday, 
June 18, 2000 
Brandeis Campus 

You are cordially invited to 
engage in discussions with 
prominent alumni and 
outstanding members of the 
Brandeis faculty during 
Alumni College 2k: A New 
Beginning on Friday, June 
16, 2000. Please join us for 
the following scheduled 

Alumni Association 
Launches Travel Abroad 

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

The world has grown 
smaller through the 
emergence of the Internet, 
video conferencing, 
television, and movies and 
yet the splendor and beauty 
of cities and countries 
cannot truly be captured 
without one actually 
walking the streets and 
speaking with the native 
population. The Brandeis 
University Alumni 
Association is pleased to 
announce its inaugural year 
of travel abroad programs 
beginning in 2000-01, in its 
continuing effort to fulfill 
the Alumni Association's 
commitment to life-long 
learning. As education puts 
us in touch with the world 
of ideas, travel connects the 
intellect with the senses 
and together, they bring us 
face to face with the world 
in which we live. Our all- 
inclusive, value-priced trips 
have been specifically 
designed with your comfort 

in mind. A Brandeis 
University professor who 
will serve as our scholar-in- 
residence will accompany 
you on all trips. Join other 
alumni and friends of 
Brandeis University in 
international settings on 
trips that encourage 
collegiality and 
camaraderie. For more 
information please call the 
Alumni Office at 


Marge Housen '56 

Travel Program Advisor 

Richard Saivetz '69 
President, Brandeis 
University Alumni 

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9:15 am 

The Promise of the Sixties 

•Jacob (Jerry) Cohen, 
Associate Professor of 
American Studies 

What Our Brains Tell Us About 
Our Minds 

•Robert Sekuler '60, Louis 
H. and Frances Salvage 
Professor of Psychology and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems 

10:45 am 

Campaign 2000: Where is 

American Politics Heading? 

Moderator and Respondent: 
•Eileen McNamara, 
Columnist, The Boston 
Globe, Pulitzer Prize 
Recipient, Lecturer in 

Panelists include: 
•Steven Grossman, Chair, 
Brandeis Board of Trustees 
and Former National Chair, 
Democratic National 

• Ralph C. Martin II 74, 
District Attorney (R), 
Suffolk County, 
•Michael J. Sandel 75, 
Professor of Government, 
Harvard University 

The Internet: Technology, 
Privacy, and You 

•Andreas Teuber, Associate 
Professor of Philosophy 

12:15 pm 


Giving Back to Your Community: 

What Goes Around, Comes Around 

•Terrie M. Williams 75, 
President, Terrie Williams 
Agency and Author, The 
Personal Touch: What You 
Really Need to Succeed in 
Today's Fast-Paced 
Business World 

2:00 pm 

Drugs, Disease, Doctors, and 
You: Medical Research and 
Health Care Delivery 

Moderator and respondent: 
•Gregory A. Petsko, Gyula 
and Katica Tauber Professor 
of Biochemistry and 

Pharmacodynamics and 
Director, Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 

Panelists include: 
•Richard Kalish '80, 
Medical Director, South 
Boston Community Health 

•Lawrence L. Samuels 75, 
Clinical Director, New 
Product Development, 
Pfizer Inc. 
•Peter B. Schiff '75, 
Professor and Chair, 
Department of Radiation 
Oncology, Columbia- 
Presbyterian Center of New 

•Phyllis Witzel Speiser '75, 
Director of Pediatric 
Endocrinology, North Shore 
Long Island Jewish Health 
System, Professor of 
Clinical Pediatrics, New 
York University School of 

Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, 
Immorality, and Insurrection in 
American Cinema 

•Thomas Doherty, 
Associate Professor of Film 
Studies (on the Sam Spiegel 
Fund) and Chair, Film 
Studies Program 

3:30 pm 

The Lexus and the Olive Tree- 

•Thomas L. Friedman '75, 
Foreign Affairs Columnist, 
The New York Times 

Alumni College 2k: A New 
Beginning costs $50 per 
person. For additional 
information and 
reservations, please contact 
Adam M. Greenwald '98, 
assistant director of alumni 
relations, at 781736-4055 
or e-mail 

Alumni Association 

In accordance with the by- 
laws of the Alumni 
Association one-half of the 
Members-at-Large are to be 
elected each year for a two- 
year term. The following 
officers and members-at- 
large have been nominated 
for a term that will expire 
on May 31, 2002. 

Executive Officers 

Career Day participant, 
1983; Career Counselor, 
Architectural Planning and 
Design Panel Member, 
1976; Class Agent, 1975-77; 
Visiting Committee of 
Architects, 1980; and 
Charette Planning Weekend 
participant, 1997. He is a 
trustee of the Beaver 
Country Day School and 
has also served in various 
community philanthropic 

Richard Saivetz '69 

Architect Richard Saivetz '69 
is president of Bradford 
Saivetz &. Associates in 
Braintree, Massachusetts. 
He resides in Newton, 
Massachusetts, with his 
wife Carol '69. Richard and 
Carol are the parents of 
Michael '97 and Aliza '01. 

Richard has served as 
president of the Alumni 
Association since 1998 and 
has been an Annual Fund 
Parents Committee 
member, 1994-95; Brandeis 
Fellow; former Annual Fund 
chair; Alumni Association 
Chapter president, 1982-84, 
1997-98; National Alumni 
Association president, 1998- 
present; Alumni 
Association Board niember- 
at-large, 1979-82; 
President's Councilor, 1980- 
85; Alumni Leadership 
Conference participant, 
1985; 15th Reunion cochair, 
1983-84; Career Counselor, 

Stephen M. Coan '84, 
M.M.H.S. '90, Ph.D. '97 

Stephen is the executive 
director of The Medfield 
Group, Medfield, 
Massachusetts. Stephen is 
married to Patricia, lives in 
Medfield, Massachusetts, 
and has one child. 

Stephen's Brandeis 
activities include Reunion 
Program Committee chair, 
1993-94; Alumni 
Association Affinity Group 
representative, 1995-98; 
Alumni Association 
Executive Committee, 
1998-present and vice 
president; Commencement 
Speaker, 1984, 1997; and 
Heller Alumni Association 
organizing committee. His 
civic activities include 
serving as a mentor with 
At-Risk Youth and as a 
member of the Mayor's Safe 

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Neighborhoods Program, 
Boston, Massachusetts. 

correspondent, 1994-present; 
Justice Brandeis Society Gift 
Committee member, 1996- 
present; Member-at-large, 

James R. Felton '85 
James is an attorney at 
Greenberg & Bass in 
Encino, California. Married 
to Robin Felton, the father 
of three boys (Sam, Jonah, 
and Daniel), he lives in 
Calabasas, California. His 
law practice involves 
general business, business 
litigation, and bankruptcy. 
He has been the cochair of 
the Business Law and Real 
Property Section of the San 
Fernando Valley Bar 
Association as well as a 
director of the Valley 
Community Legal 
Foundation. He is licensed 
to practice law in California 
and Arizona and is a 
member of the Los Angeles 
County and American Bar 
Associations. He serves as 
an arbitrator for the Los 
Angeles Superior Court, as 
well as a mediator for the 
United States Bankruptcy 
Court. His Brandeis 
activities include Southern 
California Alumni 
Association Chapter 
president, 1995-98; National 
Alumni Board of Directors 
member, 1998-present; 
Young Leadership Award 
recipient, 1995; 10th 
Reunion Gift Committee 
cochair, 1995; Alumni 
Chapter Service Award 
recipient, 1994; Alumni 
Admissions Council 
member, 1986-present; 
Southern California Alumni 
Association Chapter 
secretary, 1990-94; Class 

Lawrence S. Harris '63 

Larry lives in Guilford, 
Connecticut. His Brandeis 
activities include Alumni 
Association Executive 
Committee, 1993-94, 1994- 
95, 1998-present and vice 
president; 30th Reunion 
Gift Committee chair, 
1992-93; Annual Fund 
National chair, 1993-94; 
Annual Fund Committee 
member, 1996-97; Alumni 
Leadership Award, 1995; 
President's Councilor, 
March 1988; and 35th 
Reunion Committee, 1997- 
98. Larry participated in the 
June 1997 Brandeis Summer 
Music Festival, under the 
direction of the Lydian 
String Quartet. 

Ira M. Shoolman '62 

Ira is an attorney, of 
Counsel with the Boston 
law firm of Perkins, Smith 
& Cohen, and has offices at 
Bay Colony Corporate 
Center in Waltham. He 
lives in Wayland, 
Massachusetts, and is 
married to Linda Rubin 

Shoolman. They have four 
children. He is the brother 
of Lynne Shoolman 
Isaacson '52 and the cousin 
of Henry Shoolman '63 and 
Linda S. Miller-Rice '80. Ira 
studied economics at 
Brandeis and earned a J.D. 
at Columbia University 
Law School in 1965. 

He is active in Brandeis 
activities, which include 
25th Reunion Program 
Committee chair, 1986-87; 
President's Councilor, April 
1987; Alumni Association 
Board member-at-large, 
1987-1990; Alumni 
Association Executive 
Committee and vice 
president, 1998-present; 
Annual Fund Leadership 
Cabinet: vice chair for 
Reunion Giving, 1989-90, 
vice chair and chair of 
regions, 1987-88; Alumni 
Committee member, Dr. 
Sachar's 90th Birthday 
Celebration, 1989, Class 
Agent, 1983-86; Leadership 
Gift Agent, 1981-83; and 
Life member. Friends of 
Brandeis Athletics. 

large, 1995-98; Alumni 
Association Executive 
Committee, 1998-present; 
Alumni Admissions 
Council member, 1995-96; 
20th Reunion Program 
Committee member, 1998- 
99; Boston Alumni Lawyers 
Steering Committee, 
Nominating Committee, 
1985; and Honors 
Committee chair, 1995- 

She is also a participant in 
LawTek Media Group, LLC, 
and editor of The Family 
Law Advisor, an e-zine. 


Sharyn T. Sooho '69 

Sharyn is an attorney 
specializing in family/ 
divorce law with offices in 
Newton. She is the cousin 
of Francis H. Chang '70 and 
niece of Roberta Chin, 
M.A. '68. Sharyn majored in 
fine arts at Brandeis and 
earned a J.D. in 1976 from 
Boston University School of 
Law. She has been involved 
in Brandeis activities 
including Alumni Minority 
Network Steering 
Committee, 1993-94 and 
1996-97; Alumni 
Association member-at- 

Janet Besso Becker '73 

Janet is the director of 
operations at the Synergos 
Institute in New York City. 
She is married to Neil 
Becker, and they live in 
West Harrison, New York. 
Fanet has participated in 
Brandeis activities such as 
Alumni Association 
Affinity Group 
representative, 1994-95; 
Alumni Association 
Executive Committee, 
1995-98; Alumni 
Association member-at- 
large, 1998-prcsent; Class 
representative, 1995- 
present; President's 
Councilor, October 1993; 
25th Reunion Program 
Committee member, 1997- 
98; Alumni Association vice 
president, 1995-98; 15th 
Reunion cochair, 1987-88; 
New York Alumni 
Association Chapter 
president, 1987-91; Strategic 
Planning Committee 
member, 1990-91. 

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Sally Glickman '59 

A Brandeis Fellow since 
1975, Sally has been an 
active supporter of the 
University. From 1969 to 
1975, she held various 
alumni offices culminating 
with the position of 
National Alumni 
Association president (1973- 
75). She was the recipient of 
the University's Alumni 
Service Award (1976) and 
was the first Alumni Term 
Trustee. She is a member- 
at-large of the Alumni 
Association (1998-present), 
and has served as a 
Women's Studies Board 
member (1993-95) and has 
become a Friend of Spingold 
Theater. Along with family 
and friends, Sally has 
established an endowed 
theater arts scholarship in 
memory of her late 
husband, Stanley A. 
Glickman '58. 

Currently self-employed, 
Sally is an educational 
consultant and teacher in 
Newton, Massachusetts. 
She is a long-standing 
member of Temple Shalom 
of Newton where she 
participates in the Kadima 
Study Group, a part of the 
Reform Movement's 
Excellence in 
Congregational Education 
Program. She is also a 
member of various 
educational associations 
and civic and philanthropic 

Kofi Gyasi '79 

Kofi is a principal hardware 
engineer at MKE-Quantum 
Components, LLC (MKQC) 
in Shrewsbury, 
Massachusetts. He lives in 
Massachusetts. Fie studied 
physics at Brandeis 
University as a Wien 
Scholar and went on to earn 
a M.S. from Yale University 
in applied physics. He has 
been active m several 
Brandeis activities; Wien 
Board of Overseers, 1993-95; 
Wien Alumni Network 
chair, 1993-97, vice chair 
1989-93; Minority Alumni 
Network Steering 
Committee, 1993-94; 
Alumni Annual Fund 
Strategic Planning 
Committee, 1992; Alumni 
Admissions Council; 
Member-at-large, Alumni 
Association, 1998-present. 

Victor R. Ney '81 

Victor IS married to Karen 
Binder '82. They live in 
Brooklyn and have three 
children. Victor majored in 
economics and history at 
Brandeis and went on to 
earn a M.B.A. at the 
University of Michigan in 
1983. Victor is a vice 
president at Penguin Key 

Food Supermarkets, 
headquartered in Valley 
Stream, New York. Penguin 
is a family owned chain of 
supermarkets and is part of 
the Key Food co-op in New 
York City. Victor has been 
involved with Brandeis as 
an Alumni Admissions 
Council member, 1990- 
present; a 10th Reunion 
Finance Committee 
member, 1990-91; 15th 
Reunion Program 
Committee chair, 1995-96; 
and chair, 1948 Society, 
1997-98; Alumni 
Association member-at- 
large, 1998-present. 

Planning focus group, 1990; 
10th Reunion Gift 
Committee member, 1994- 
95; Alumni Admissions 
Council member, 1996-97. 

Marci S. Sperling Flynn '85 

Marci is the preschool 
director and director of after 
school programs at the Oak 
Park Temple in Oak Park, 
Illinois. She lives with her 
husband, Michael, in Oak 
Park, Illinois. The sister of 
Beth S. Landau '87, Marci 
studied psychology at 
Brandeis and went on to 
earn a J.D. at Georgetown 
University Law Center. She 
is past chair, Chicago Bar 
Association Committee for 
Homeless and Runaway 
Youth. Marci received the 
Alumni Association Young 
Leadership Award in 1995 
and the Alumni Association 
Service to Association 
Award in 1994. She 
participates in Brandeis 
activities including Alumni 
Association Chapter 
president, 1993-95; Alumni 
Chapter Steering 
Committee, 1989-97; 
Alumni Association 
member-at-large, 1998- 
present; Alumni Strategic 

Paul M. Zlotoff '72 

Paul IS chair of the Board 
and president of Uniprop in 
Birmingham, Michigan. He 
lives in Bloomfield Hills, 
Michigan. Married to Linda 
Yale Zlotoff '72, he has two 
children. Paul is the 
brother-in-law of Leah 
Bishop '75. His civic and 
philanthropic activities 
include member. Global 
Board of Trustees, Bar-Ilan 
University; past chair. 
Independent Business 
Research Michigan (BROM), 
a joint venture of the State 
of Michigan and the 
University of Michigan that 
serves as a public policy 
research resource for 
Michigan's small and 
independent businesses. He 
is active in the Jewish 
Federation of Metropolitan 
Detroit and has held a 
number of leadership 
positions. He established a 
supporting foundation at 
the Jewish Federation of 
Metropolitan Detroit. 

Paul has been active in 
Brandeis activities including 
Class of 1972 Reunion Gift 
cochair, 1996-97; Alumni 
Association member-at- 
large, 1998-present; and 
Annual Fund Committee. 

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Official Ballot 

Brandeis University 
Alumni Association 
Board of Directors 

For a term expiring May 31, 2002 


Richard Saivetz '69 

Vice Presidents 

Stephen M. Coan '84, 
M.M.H.S. '90, Ph.D. '97 

James R. Felton '85 

Lawrence S. Harris '63 

Ira M. Shoohnan '62 

Sharyn T. Sooho '69 


Janet Besso Becl<er '73 

Sally M. Glickman '59 

Kofi Gyasi '79 

Victor R. Ney '81 

Marci S. Sperling Flynn '85 

Paul M. Zlotoff '72 

I I I approve the slate as nominated. 

I ! I do not approve the slate. 


Class Year 

Mail by April 30, 2000, to: 

Brandeis University 

Alumni Association 


Mailstop 124 

P.O. Box 91 10 

Waltham, MA 02454-91 10 

or fax to 781-736-4101. 


Dear Cliff: 

Greetings and happy new 
billenium from sunny 
Berlin! I'm writing not to 
report on my activities here, 
which are undistinguished 
(reading and writing, you 
know, the usual], but on an 
extraordinary event last 
weekend that ought to be 
written up in the alumni 

On January 8, 2000, Edgar 
Zurif, professor of cognitive 
science, was presented with 
a Festschrift — a book of 
essays in his honor, titled 
Language and the Brain: 
Representation and 
Processing. Edited by Yosef 
Grodzinsky Ph.D. '85, Lew 
Shapiro, Ph.D. '87, and 
David Swinney, the book is 
published by Academic 
Press. Among its 19 
chapters are papers by 
Brandeis faculty Ray 
Jackendoff and Joan Maling 
and Brandeis graduates 
Yosef Grodzinsky (now 

Edgar Zurif 

teaching at University of 
Tel Aviv), Gregory Hickok, 
Ph.D. '92 (University of 
California, Irvine), 
Ennqueta Canseco- 
Gonzalez, Ph.D. '91 (Reed 
College), Sergey Avrutin, 
Ph.D. '90 (Yale), Maria 
Mercedes Pihango, Ph.D. 
'99 lYale), and Lewis 
Shapiro (San Diego State). 

All the best, 
Rav Jackendoff 

Development Matters 

Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro 
Make Largest Gift Ever 
to Brandeis University: 
$20 Million to Build 
Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro 
Student Center 

Carl [. and Ruth Shapiro of 
Palm Beach, Florida, are 
making the largest single 
gift in Brandeis history — 
$20 million for design and 
construction of a new 
student center. 

'Supporting Brandeis is a 
family tradition," Carl 
Shapiro said. "We have a 
long history with the 
school, even though none of 
us attended. It started with 
my father-in-law, George 
Gordon, who was good 
friends with Abe Sachar. 
We've seen Brandeis 
develop into a fine research 
University that attracts a 
dedicated faculty and 
excellent students. We 
wanted to create a center 
for student life for the 
Brandeis students of the 
21st century." 

Carl Shapiro and his family 
feel strongly that the new 
student center should be 
just that — a building for 
students, not administrators. 
His vision is that the new 
student center will create a 
critical mass of student 
activities to act as a 
magnet. So the design 
process began with architects 
from the Cambridge firm of 
Thompson and Rose 
listening to students' 
concerns, issues, and ideas, 
and a decision to house all 
the clubs in the new 

The concept of the new 
building is that it will be a 
vibrant center of student 
activities open 24 hours a 
day, with minimal 
administrative presence. A 
6,500-square-foot, three- 
story high atrium in the 
center of the building will 
create a large, airy space 
filled with natural lighting 
and comfortable furniture. 
"That will be the place to be, 
and to be seen," says Rod 
Crafts, dean of student 

Only three offices will be 
moving to the new center: 
the Dean of Student Affairs, 
the Office of Campus Life, 
and the Chaplaincy. "The 
logic is those three offices 
will link to all the 
organizations that are 
housed there," explains 
Crafts. On the ground floor 
will be a bookstore, a new 
student theater to replace 
Nathan Siefer, a cafe, a 
state-of-the-art computer 
library, and a study area. 
The second and third floors 
will be a mix of clubs and 
organizations, carefully 
arranged — the Student 
Senate, the Graduate 
Student Association, and 
dean of student affairs office 
will be in the same general 
area. All the media groups — 
the radio station and TV, 
the Justice, the photo club, 
the yearbook — will be in the 
same area. 

A fundamental purpose of 
the student center is to 
provide an inviting place to 
relax. Says Ellie Levine '01, 
Student Senate president, "I 

think the new student 
center will serve as a place 
for people to come, stop, 
spend time, see other 
students, and hang out. It 
will be a very relaxed space, 
and it will be a student 

To be constructed on the 
current site of Ford Hall and 
the F Lot, the new building 
has been described as the 
natural crossroads of the 
campus. "Because we think 
it will have four entrances 
or exits," explains Crafts, 
"students commg down the 
hill past Volen on their way 
to Spingold or Shapiro 
Admissions will cut 
through the new building 
on that axis. Faculty and 
staff coming out of 
Bernstein-Marcus and going 
to the Faculty Club might 
cross through the building 
on the other axis." 

Call /. and Ruth Shapiro 

Students, faculty, staff, and 
visitors will travel through 
the building each day. 

Construction is scheduled 
to begin in the late summer 
of 2000 and be completed by 
the end of 2001. 

Usdan Student Center will 
be renovated to house 
student service offices, 
perhaps including 
undergraduate academic 
affairs, the registrar, bursar, 
international student and 
scholars office, joining the 
Hiatt Career Center. "The 
idea is to try to make access 
to all those offices as 
convenient as possible, to 
the extent we can get 
everything in one building," 
says Crafts. 

"This is a terrific gift for 
Brandeis," University 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
said. "The Carl and Ruth 
Shapiro Student Center will 
transform the campus. It 
will be the signature 

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Henry and Lois Foster 
Donate $3.5 Million for 
New Wing at Rose Art 

building and the heart of 
student life at Brandeis. It is 
difficult to overstate the 
impact that this gift from 
Carl and Ruth Shapiro will 
have on the University. We 
are extremely fortunate that 
the Shapiros have the vision 
to make this incredible 
commitment to Brandeis." 

The Shapiros have been 
leading supporters of 
Brandeis for more than 20 
years. Carl Shapiro served 
on the Brandeis Board of 
Trustees from 1979 to 1988, 
and continues to play an 
active role as a Trustee 
emeritus. Their daughter, 
Rhonda Zinner, is a 
Brandeis University 

Carl Shapiro is the founder 
and former chair of the 
board of Kay Windsor Inc., a 
large manufacturer and 
importer of knitted apparel. 
He also served on the board 
of directors of Vanity Fair 
Corp. He serves on the 
boards of the Kravis Center 
for the Performing Arts, 
Intracoastal Health 
Foundation, and the Beth 
Israel Deaconess Medical 
Center. In Palm Beach, 

Ruth Shapiro is a trustee of 
the Norton Museum of Art 
and the Palm Beach Opera. 
She is an overseer of 
Boston's Museum of Fine 
Arts and the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra, and 
an alumna and major 
benefactor of Wellesley 

The gift is the latest in a 
series of generous donations 
from the Shapiros to the 
University. "All one has to 
do is look around this 
campus," said Reinharz. 
"Whether it is the 
admissions building, the 
new student center, the 
Carl Shapiro Chair in 
International Finance, or 
the Carl and Ruth Shapiro 
Center for Library 
Technology, the Shapiros 
have left an indelible mark 
on Brandeis for which we 
will be forever grateful." 

Thompson and 
Rose Architects 

The award-winning 
Cambridge firm of 
Thompson and Rose 
Architects has been chosen 
to design the Carl J. and 
Ruth Shapiro Student 
Center. Maryann Thompson 
received a B.A. degree in 
architecture at Princeton 
and master's degrees in 
landscape architecture and 
architecture from Harvard. 
Her husband and partner, 
Charles Rose also attended 
Princeton and obtained his 
Master of Architecture from 
Harvard. Thompson, a 
painter, and Rose, an 
accomplished pianist, 
integrate landscape and 
architecture in a coherent 
whole. Look through their 
portfolio and find an 
astonishing number of 
original gorgeous buildings 
to house art, music, dance, 
theater, and education. 
They work together in total 
collaboration, citing an 
around-the-world trip in 
1984-85 with backpacks full 
of sketchbooks as one 
reason for their synergy. 
"When we say 'it's like 
Katsura' (the Imperial 
Palace in Kyoto, Japan) it's 
understood," says Thompson. 

Rose describes the process 
of designing the new 
student center as very 
responsive to what the 
students would like to see 
in the building. "We're 
thinking of the building as 
the living room for the 
campus — comfortable 
furniture, open 24 hours, 
well-lit at night, including a 
cafe. The idea is that 
students will enjoy hanging 
out there," he explains. 
"The building is 65,000 feet 
and is completely given 
over to student-oriented 
spaces. The three-story 
atrium in the center will be 
a dynamic space with 
bridges at the second and 
third floors, and a big stair 
running up the side. It will 
be lively with circulation 
through the space, 
vertically and horizontally. 
Light will pour in through a 
skylight from above and 
glass on two walls of the 
space. You will be able to 
see out into the campus 
from the atrium," explains 
Rose, adding that they are 
putting in amenities to 
attract students. 

26 Brandeis Review 

Dr. Henry L. Foster and his 
wife, Lois, longtime 
supporters of Brandeis 
University, fiave made a 
$3.5 million gift to build a 
new two-story gallery and 
sculpture garden for the 
Rose Art Museum. The 
7,300-square-foot addition 
will enable the Rose to 
double its exhibition space. 

"The Fosters have truly been 
a guiding force behind the 
Rose, and this generous gift 
is just the latest indication 
of their commitment to 
reinforcing the museum's 
position as a center of 
contemporary art in New 
England," President Jehuda 
Reinharz said when 
announcing the gift. 

Construction of the new 
wing, which will bear the 
name of Lois Foster, will 
begin in the late spring. 
Reinharz added, "The Lois 
Foster Wing of the Rose Art 
Museum honors a dedicated 
patron of the arts whose 
personal generosity and 
leadership of the Patrons 
and Friends of the Rose for 
more than 20 years has 
enabled the museum to 
mount a succession of 
distinguished exhibitions." 

Dr. Foster said he was 
"personally excited to be 
able to pay tribute to Lois, 
who has devoted so much 
of her life to the Rose Art 
Museum and to the world 
of contemporary art." 

The award-winning 
architectural firm of 
Graham Gund Architects of 
Cambridge is designing the 
new wing. The dramatic 
design will take full 
advantage of the wooded 

landscape and will include 
an exterior sculpture garden 
and a glass-enclosed grand 
stairway between the 
current museum and the 
new exhibition space. 

The Rose Art Museum was 
originally designed by 
internationally renowned 
architect Max Abramovitz 
in 1961. Today, the Rose 
houses Brandeis 
University's outstanding 
collection of modern and 
contemporary art, widely 
recognized as the finest 
collection of 20th-century 
art in New England. With 
excellent pieces by the 
leading artists throughout 
the century, the Brandeis 
collection focuses on post- 
World War II American art 
including de Kooning, 
Johns, Rauschenberg, 
Warhol, Mangold, and 
Taaffe. (See "The CoUecion 
at the Rose: An American 
Beauty," 1999 President's 
Report, Brandeis Review.] 

Joseph D. Ketner, director of 
the Rose Art Museum said, 

"It will be exciting for the art 
world to be able to view the 
important pieces of the 
permanent collection at the 
Rose." It will also be a 
tremendous resource for 
undergraduates at Brandeis. 

"One of the qualities that 
Brandeis can bring to the 
larger community is 
programming at an 
academic level that will 
further the understanding 
and appreciation of 
contemporary art," he said. 

Dr. Foster was a member of 
the final graduating class of 
Middlesex Veterinary 
College (the founders of 
Brandeis University bought 
the charter of Middlesex 

and established the 
university on the grounds of 
the medical and veterinary 
college). He is the founder, 
chair-emeritus, and past 
president of Charles River 
Laboratories, a major 
medical and scientific 
research company. Dr. 
Foster served as chair of the 
Brandeis University Board 
of Trustees from 1979 to 

Lois Foster is a Brandeis 
Fellow and a member of the 
Rose Art Museum Board of 
Overseers. In addition to 
this latest gift, the Fosters 
established the Foster 
Biomedical Research 
Laboratories at Brandeis in 
1975 and also endowed a 
chair for the director of the 
Rose Art Museum. 

The Fosters's son, John, is a 
1975 graduate of Brandeis. 

The grand opening of the 
new Lois Foster Wing is 
planned for September 2001. 

Graham Gund Architects 

Graham Gund Architects of 
Cambridge will design the 
new wing of the Rose Art 
Museum. Founded in I97I, 
the firm has been honored 
with more than 70 national 
and regional awards for 
design and excellence and 
has received wide critical 
acclaim and professional 
recognition for its work. 
Says Gund: "The most 
interesting thing is the art 
form of architecture — the 
incredible power of spaces 
to move people and create 
supportive environments. 
This seems to be the key: to 
add to people's lives in a 
unique way." 

Projects include the Inn at 
Harvard, Harvard 
University, Cambridge, 
Massachusetts; Lincoln 
Library in Lincoln, 
Massachusetts; Young Israel 
of Brookline Synagogue in 
Brookline, Massachusetts; 
Boston Ballet, Boston; 
Harrison Opera House, 
Norfolk, Virginia; and the 
University of North 
Carolina Fine & Performing 
Arts Center, Chapel Hill, 
North Carolina. 

27 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis University 
Annual Palm Beach Dinner 
January 29, 2000 

At this year's Palm Beach 
Dinner, cohosted by 
Trustees Sylvia Hassenfeld 
and Steve Grossman, 
Brandeis University 
announced a S20 million 
gift from Carl J. and Ruth 
Shapiro and their family 
that will be used to build a 
new student center on 
campus. In addition to 
showing a model of the 
building and some graphic 
representations, Carl 
Shapiro spoke about his 
vision of what the campus 
should look like and how he 
and his family are able to 
make this a reality. 

At this dinner, Eleanor 
Rabb, widow of Norman 
Rabb, founding Trustee of 
Brandeis University, was 
hooded as a Fellow of the 
University. Members of her 
family were present for the 

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Bob Jaffe, Ellen Jaffe, Ruth 
Shapiro, Michael Zinner, 
Trustees Ronny Zinner and 
Carl J. Shapiro 

Shula Reinharz, Trustee 
Sylvia Hassenfeld, and 
Jehuda Reinharz 

Antje and Trustee Leonard 

lehiida Reinharz and 
Eleanor Rabb 

Trustee Sam and Althea 

Helen and Trustee Irving 

Marjorie and Max Fisher 


28 Brandeis Review 

Cocktail Reception 

honoring Henry and Lois Foster 

January 31, 2000 

A cocktail reception was 
held on January 31, 
honoring Henry "Hank" 
and Lois Foster's gift of 
$3.5 million for a new wing 
for the Rose Art Museum. 

Herb and Mildred Lee 

Rabb Seminar 
January 30, 2000 

Lois Foster and Rose Art 
Museum Director Joseph 

Former Texas Governor 
Ann Richards was the speaker 
at the seventh Annual Rabb 
Seminar honoring Norman S. 
and Eleanor E. Rabb. Almost 
1,000 people attended this 
talk, held in Palm Beach, 

Lois and Hank Foster, 
Michele and Howard 

Sherman Starr, Shula 
Reinharz, and Jill Starr 

Sandy and Jerry Fineberg 

Former Texas Governor Ann 
Richards, Trustee, with 
Eleanor Rabb 

Board of Trustees Chair 
Steve Grossman and Florida 
State Representative Elaine 

29 Brandeis Review 

Musical Theate r 


In this excerpt from his new 
book, In Search of 

American Jewish Culture, 

this American studies 

professor finds on New 
York's Great White Way 
ample proof of his thesis 

that Jews have 

contributed, beyond all 
proportion to their numbers, 

to American culture 

of the past century. 

No epicenter of American Jewish culture 
exists. There is no capital that is akin, 
say, to the vicinity of St.-Germain-des- 
Pres where postwar French culture could 
be situated. But if there were such a 
locale, it would be Broadway. Not only a 
street, the New York stage was the 
thrilling showcase for the talents of 
Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, 
Bert Lahr, and (briefly) Barbra Streisand. 
For over half a century, such performers 
could electrify audiences. Broadway also 
spawned some of Hollywood's stars and 
rivaled it in glamour, and incubated the 
Tin Pan Alley tunes that a nation would 
sing in unison. The pulse of a common 
culture could be taken on Broadway, 
which validated the etymology of 
"entertain": "to hold together." 

But the emergence of rock and roll and 
television in the 1950s had the effect of 
weakening the American musical. The 
center could not hold (or shifted to the 
small screen), which also made the 
Broadway genre in retrospect look 
classier and more estimable. Its babies 
deserved to be appreciated for having 
found a European-derived operetta and 
created an indigenous art form — which 
one historian elevated into "New York 
opera." It flourished, John Dizikes has 
claimed, between 1940, when Pal Joey 
opened, and 1960, when Camelot opened 
and Oscar Hammerstein II died. "New 
York opera" showed its vitality before 
and after those dates as well. The city 
inflected the musical as completely as 
Vienna marked the waltz and Paris the 
can-can, and yet also managed to project 
a national style. This "distinctive form 
of American popular opera" was easily 
recognized wherever it was staged, "in 
its propulsive energy, its brashness and 
naivete and unshakable optimism." The 

Broadway musical was incontestably 
native, as though honoring Emerson's 
plea that the truly "American scholar" 
should cease listening to the courtly 
muses of Europe. 

Unlike opera, Broadway preferred actors 
who could sing to singers who could act, 
so that "spoken dialogue moved the 
stories forward." But that is why 
Dizikes's label is misleading. Opera stars 
are expected to sing, as Rex Harrison, for 
example, could not. Yet he was 
designated — indeed destined — to be 
Henry Higgins before the songs in My 
Fair Lady (1956) were finished. They 
were accordingly shaped for him. Nor 
did Richard Burton quite sing in 
Camelot. In the rehearsals for Guys and 
Dolls (1950), the role of Nathan Detroit 
seemed so perfectly cast that nobody 
took seriously Sam Levene's disclaimers 
about his vocal range. In fact he was so 
bad that he was blocked from leading the 
title song in Act I and was even ordered 
not to sing along. They do it differently 
at La Scala. 

Broadway represented showmanship at 
Its most flamboyant because the goal 
was to sell tickets. This demotic 
spectacle was driven by commercialism, 
not a bid for artistic immortality. Or as 
lyricist E. Y. (Yip) Harburg wrote: 
"Mozart died a pauper,/Heine lived in 
dread,/Foster died in Bellevue, /Homer 
begged for bread. /Genius pays off 
handsomely — /After you are dead." A 
cantor's son from Dessau, Kurt Weill 
ached badly for success on Broadway, in 
contrast to Schoenberg, who "has said he 
is writing for a time 50 years after his 
death." But Weill insisted in an 
interview with the New York Sun that 
he was writing "for today" and claimed 
not to "give a damn about writing for 
posterity." The nation was animated by 
a democratic commitment to popularity, 
unalloyed by vestiges of royal or 

aristocratic patronage,- and Broadway 
typified the yearning to transform 
citizens into customers. At its best this 
art form nevertheless proved to be 
enchanting and indelible. 

It also has a history, a cohesive and 
continuous legacy that is inextricably 
associated with the gifted Jews who 
invented and extended it. A leading 
social historian of American Jewry has 
described its condition during the 
interwar years as At Home in America 
(1981). But what Deborah Dash Moore 
really meant (as her subtitle indicated) 
was at home in New York City — where 
so many Jews were packed in that the 
seating capacity of Temple Emanu-El 
exceeded Saint Patrick's Cathedral. 
Virtually all of those composers and 
lyricists who heard America singing 
their Broadway songs were Jewish New 
Yorkers — without whom it is hard to 
imagine the history of musical comedy 
m the United States. There certainly 
would have been theater, and music, and 
comedy. But the combination was 
virtually a franchise enjoyed by one 
minority group, whose achievements in 
this genre are considered here. 

Broadway was attractive to Jews because 
"New York opera" was not opera. Their 
"portable talents," Jonathan Miller 
suspected, could operate in fields "which 
are not respectable, therefore not heavily 
guarded at the entrance by white Anglo- 
Saxon Protestant custodians." Such 
openness also accounted for Hollywood, 
whose studios were built by the same 
sorts of men who operated theater 
chains and produced plays and musicals. 
In the first half of the century, nobody 
could avoid reckoning with the 
Shuberts. Levi, Shmuel, and Jacob 
Szemanski were three sons of a 
Lithuanian peddler (who also had three 
daughters). As Lee, Sam, and J. J. 

Shubcrt, they exerted supreme booking 
power through their ownership of 
theaters in virtually every major city 
(including six in New York and three in 
Chicago). No one else operating at the 
business end of show business would be 
so dominant — except perhaps for David 
Merrick, who produced more musicals 
than anyone in the history of Broadway. 
So brazenly did he operate that by the 
1960s his name (originally Margulois) 
was no less familiar than the names of 
the performers and directors who did his 
bidding. Showmanship should not be 
confused with sainthood, since 
Merrick's personality was so 
excruciatingly unpleasant that one star 
vowed: "I'll never work for him again 
until he offers me another great show." 
By the mid-1970s, such gifts were no 
longer possible,- and the Broadway he 
knew had ceased to flourish. 

But two features of the history of 
Broadway justify its claim (rather than 
Hollywood's) to be considered the 
epicenter of American Jewish culture. 
One is the audience. In 1968 the 
scenarist and novelist William Goldman 
offered "a conservative guess" that Jews 
filled half the seats in Broadway 
theaters, which benefited financially 
from the theater parties that stemmed 
from a tradition in the Yiddish theater. 
Novelist Abraham Cohen's David 
Levinsky, who recalls his own 
"considerable passion for the Jewish 
theater," participates in this sort of 
fund-raising activity, in which blocks of 
seats — and sometimes even entire 
houses — are sold by charitable or 
fraternal groups. The cinema was 
obviously far more of a mass art than 
Broadway ever aspired to be, and 
therefore also seduced a far wider range 
of talent than "New York opera" needed. 
More so than behind the screen, the 
talent behind the stage was for over half 
a century virtually the monopoly of one 




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ethnic group. That is the second feature 
which locates Broadway at the center of 
Jewish culture. 

When Hammerstein was working with 
lerome Kern on adapting Donn Byrne's 
biography of Marco Polo, the lyricist 
inquired: "Here is a story laid in China 
about an Italian and told by an Irishman. 
What kind of music are you going to 
write?" Kern's answer was jocular: "It'll 
be good Jewish music." That was the 
lullaby of Broadway, so that even those 
who did not satisfy halachic (Jewish 
legal) standards adapted to the prevailing 
ethnic sensibility. 

That was true of Hammerstein himself, 
whose mother, a Presbyterian, had him 
baptized as an even more upscale 
Episcopalian. He grew into adulthood 
practicing no religion (except perhaps 
the faith that his next show had to be a 
hit). But his social and professional 
circle was so inescapably Jewish that, if 
any American could be said to have 
shaped Jewish culture without actually 
being Jewish, Hammerstein would be a 
prime candidate. His first marriage was 
to Myra Finn, a cousin of his second 
famous collaborator, Richard Rodgers. 
(Hammerstein was divorced in 1928, and 
married Dorothy Blanchard — a 
Protestant — the following year.) His 
career was not unique m demonstrating 
that talents were not only portable but 
intertwined. Ira Gershwin was a high 
school classmate of Harburg's, and 
would soon introduce him to Burton 
Lane {Finian's Rainbow], who wrote his 
first show at the age of 15 and served as 
a rehearsal pianist for Ira's younger 
brother George. Rodgers had served as 
Kern's rehearsal pianist, and was 16 
when he met the 23-year-old Lorenz 
(Larry) Hart, who played songs for him 
that afternoon on his Victrola. Not only 

had Hart attended the same Catskills 
summer camp for the German-Jewish 
upper crust as had Rodgers; another 
camper was Herbert Sondheim, whose 
son Stephen would meet Oscar 
Hammerstein II during the launching of 
Oklahoma! (1943). Sondheim would 
repay his debts to Hammerstein for 
private tutorials and gentle friendship by 
dedicating the score for A Funny Thing 
Happened on the Way to the Forum 
(1962) to him, and would also amplify 
and enhance (as well as upend) the 
whole musical tradition that 
Hammerstein and Kern invented with 
Show Boat [1927]. Indeed 
Hammerstein's death forced Rodgers to 
work with other lyricists, including 
Sondheim — so that the intricate mesh of 
collaborations and personal relationships 
(and rivalries) stretches from the 
Americanization of the operetta all the 
way down to the lingering post-modern 
death of the Broadway musical. 

Because lines of apprenticeship and 
collegiality were so taut, outsiders had 
to learn what the natives seemed to be 
doing naturally. The most celebrated 
mimic was a Yale-educated Episcopalian 
from Indiana. Cole Porter's postwar hits 
included Kiss Me. Kate (1948), with a 
libretto by Samuel and Bella Spewack, 
and Can-Can (1953), with its book — 
based on an original story — by Abe 
Burrows. Success had come slowly for 
Porter, an expatriate socialite in the 
1920s who yearned to outgrow the 
private parties that his songs enlivened. 
So what catapulted his career? One 
account has him asking George 
Gershwin for the secret of Broadway 
success and being advised to "write 
Jewish," instructions that Porter 
interpreted as "write Middle Eastern." 
The result was fust One of Those Things 
and I've Got You Under My Sl<in, which 
were noteworthy for their tropical 

rhythms, their extended melody lines, 
their moody and exotic aura of romance. 
The conversation with Gershwin may be 
apocryphal. But Rodgers distinctly 
recalled Porter telling him that 
Broadway required a talent for writing 

"Jewish tunes," a claim that Rodgers 
decoded as the use of strongly 
chromatic, sensuous "minor-key 
melodies" which would sound 

"unmistakably eastern Mediterranean." 
Rodgers saw what Porter meant with 
Night and Day, Begin the Begume, and 
My Heart Belongs to Daddy. What 
Porter thereafter called his "magic 
formula" was evidenced in I Love Paris 
(1953), which, according to music 
historian Alec Wilder, should have been 
titled I Love Russia — though most Jews 
who had emigrated from there hated 
Russia. Indeed a pogrom was the earliest 
childhood memory of Porter's good 
friend Irving Berlin, 

But perhaps the meaning of Porter's 
"magic formula" is not liturgical but 
sociological-^— the injection of the 
somewhat exotic and therefore alluring. 
He was irrevocably a gov. Porter was gay 
too, and thus an outsider m another way, 
adept at "passing," and no doubt 
achingly familiar with lamentations. In 
any event, he overcame his pedigree 
enough to impress an MGM executive 
producer named Sam Katz, who gushed, 
when Porter played Good-bye. Little 
Dream. Good-bye (1936) for him: "You 
know, Cole, that song is beautiful, it's — 
why, it's Jewish." For those whose 
tuning-forks were pitched toward the 
marketplace, no praise was higher. 

Perhaps some "Jewish tunes" could be 
traced, in a vague way, to the synagogue. 
Berlin's father had been a part-time 
cantor, a job at which composer Harold 
Arlen's father had worked full-time. One 




musicologist detected "an uncanny 
resemblance" between the folk tune 
Havenu Shalom Aleichem and the 
spiritual It Take a Long Pull to Get 
There from Poigy and Bess, a "folk 
opera" that Gershwin undertook after 
getting stymied in adapting S. Ansky's 
The Dybhuk. But the direct musical 
influences upon the plangent notes 
projected from the orchestra pit were 
unlikely to be liturgical; the Jewish 
accent on Broadway was not obvious. 
Nor is there much direct evidence of the 
impact of the Yiddish theater, though 
Harburg regularly attended it with his 
father after synagogue on Saturdays. The 
lyricist claimed to recall "everything" 
about the plays which had "set me 
afire.... The Yiddish theater was my first 
break into the entertainment world." He 
considered Jews to be "born dramatists, 
and I think born humorists too." Such 
essentialism now looks rather quaint; 
and though Harburg's explicit 
indebtedness to the Yiddish theater was 
rather exceptional, neither did others 
completely obliterate evidence of their 
own ethnicity. 

Because their shows were often set in 
New York, its lingo could sometimes be 
injected. Contrast the cinematic West 
Side Stoiy (1961), in which the leader of 
the Jets informs "Dear kindly social 
worker,/They tell me: get a job, /Like be 
a soda jerker,/Which means like be a 
slob." But expected to work at a soda 
fountain as a way to "earn a buck," Riff 
sneers in a less sanitized version — 
"which means like be a schmuck." (The 
sociolinguistics may not be entirely 
plausible for a 1950s hood.) Or take 
Guys and Dolls. Its songs were by Frank 
Loesser, its book by Abe Burrows, its 
initial staging by George S. Kaufman; 
and its pugs and thugs included the 
aforementioned Nathan Detroit, who 
declares his love to Adelaide in a daisy- 

chain of internal rhymes; "All right 
already, I'm just a no-goodnik./All right 
already, it's true. So nu'/So sue me, sue 
me, what can you do me?/! love you." 
Such idiomatic lyrics propelled the 
momentum of musical comedy far from 
the ambience of The Merry Widow — and 
even further from the libretti of Lorenzo 
Da Ponte, ne Emilio Conigliano (1749- 
1838), the Venetian Jew who was 
baptized in adolescence and joined 
Mozart for Le Nozze di Figaro, Don 
Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. Da Ponte's 
migration to New York, where he taught 
Italian at Columbia, proved that the city 
was not quite ready for opera. Identifying 
himself as "the inspiration of 
Salieri...and of Mozart" (in that order), 
Da Ponte nevertheless feared a 
humiliating oblivion in which "my 
remains might become food for the 

What American audiences eventually 
craved was something else — and from 
the Viennese operetta came something 
new and wondrous. Here too there were 
bloodlines: the father of composer 
Frederick Loewe, for instance, had sung 
the role of Count Danilo in the original 
Berlin production of The Merry Widow. 
In the 1920s her frippery was exchanged 
for less fancy ready-to-wear clothing. 
Her lyrics were injected with slang; and 
so sassy and brassy did the rhythms of 
her songs become that, for the next half 
century or so, musicals were integral to 
American culture. 

So much so that, before the 1920 season, 
the owner of the Boston Red Sox did 
something preposterous. So eager was he 
to finance a Broadway hit that he sold 
Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. 
Even though Giacomo Puccini and later 
Kurt Weill wanted to make operas out of 
Liliom (1909), Ferenc Molnar supposedly 
rebuffed them. But the Hungarian 
playwright was willing to sell the rights 

to Rodgers and Hammerstein so that the 
dream team could make Carousel (1945), 
which in 1958 became one of the two 
musicals chosen to represent American 
culture at the World's Fair in Brussels. 
(The other was Wonderful Town [1953].) 
Broadway supplied studios like MGM 
and Paramount with talent and themes 
for cinematic musicals, and generated 
material for jazz artists as well. (Miles 
Davis, for example, did his own version 
of Porgy and Bess in 1958; and John 
Coltrane recorded My Favorite Things.) 
So sensational was the sound track to 
United Artists' West Side Story that for 
54 weeks it was the nation's most 
popular album. 

What endures of the legacy from Show 
Boat to Sondheim is good music. But is 
it, as Kern assured Hammerstein, good 
Jewish music? Any answer must be 
hesitant, any claims tentative. As a 
datum of the Diaspora, where the forces 
of acculturation and secularism have 
corroded the claims of piety and 
peoplehood, Broadway merits the same 
seriousness of study that has been 
devoted to other forms and genres bereft 
of traditional Judaic themes. If the 
fiction of Kafka can be designated 
Jewish, if psychoanalysis can be better 
appreciated by fathoming rather than 
Ignoring its Jewish origins, if the civic 
profile of this minority can be praised or 
denounced for its proclivity for 
liberalism and its passions for social 
justice, if the sciences (or law or 
medicine) can be considered in the light 
of Jewish attraction to such fields, why 
not the musical theater? To neglect it 
would leave too many works 
unrecognized and unstudied that have 
reverberated like Caliban's New World 
isle, "full of noises, /Sounds and sweet 
airs, that give delight and hurt not" 
[The Tempest, III, ii). Kern's guarantee to 
Hammerstein not only promised such 
pleasures to their audience, but enlarged 
the boundaries of an American Jewish 
culture as well. ■ 

Stephen f. Whitfield is the Max Richter 
Professor of American Civilization. 

Leonard Bernstein, who collaborated 
on West Side Story, conducted classes at 
Brandeis from 1951 to 1955 

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by Marjorie Lyon 

Talk about stumbling into something. 

"I wanted to be a probation officer for 
some reason. Tfiis was the spirit of 
the sixties. I was going to go to all the 
criminals and they would renounce 
their criminal ways — really quite an 
amazing thought, but that was the 
tenor of the times. In its infinite 
wisdom the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts thought better of the 
idea, and I couldn't get a job. One of 
the interviews I had was in Brighton, 
and I got lost. Somehow I stumbled 
onto Western Avenue, saw WGBH, 
and walked in. Two young women 
working in the scheduling department 
were looking for someone to help 
them." She got the job. 

Paula Apsell '69, executive producer 
of NOVA, the most successful science 
program in the history of television, 
and director of the WGBH Science 
Unit, is reminiscing. 

"I was not at all on the periphery but 
right in the center of a bustling 
operation, knowing when all the 
programs were running, meeting the 
directors. Detail was important, and a 
mistake would be very costly, so the 
job was hard and demanding." 

With the brash confidence of age 22, 
in her spare time and without 
additional pay, she created the award- 
winning radio drama series for 
children, The Spider's Web. "I have a 
lot of energy, and I figure if you're very 
driven, you can fill in the blanks and 
learn what you need to learn on the 
move." This led to a job as news 
producer for WGBH radio. After three 
years, she again jumped into 
something she knew little about. 

Sitting, she hunches over, leaning 
fon/vard. A scarf is slung over the back 
of her neck, hanging straight, its soft 
colors matching an elegant taupe suit. 
She says she can go without sleep 
but absolutely has to eat. (Lunch on 
the fly is a pretzel and a diet soda.) 
She is vibrant, talking enthusiastically, 
her gaze extremely intent. Although 
she describes her overwhelming 
workload, she is not hurried, but 
deliberate and thoughtful. 

Apsell joined NOVA's crew in 1975. "I 
was lucky enough to get a job as a 
production assistant on NOVA even 
though I didn't know anything about 

television. I had a lot to learn. The first 
day I got in, I was told I had to plan a 
film shoot. But most things are a lot of 
common sense and judgment, being 
meticulous, measuring twice and 
cutting once, and being willing to ask 
a lot of questions. It was really 
challenging to learn what I had to do. 
And it opened up a whole new world 
for me." 

Keep in mind that in the early 
seventies when NOVA began, there 
were no other regularly scheduled 
science programs on television. 
NOVA proved to those who said it 
couldn't be done that the audience 
has a thirst for learning, and scientists 
are not just weird guys in white coats 
ensconced in the lab. As Apsell puts 
it, the series tries to show the viewer 
not only the moment of discovery, but 
the long years of blood, sweat, and 
tears that so often precede it. 

The idea for NOVA originated in 1972 
when WGBH-Boston sent one of its 
producers, Michael Ambrosino, to 
England to evaluate science 
programming on the British 
Broadcasting Corporation with an eye 
toward creating a science series on 
American television. NOVA first aired 
in March 1974. 

In 1984 Apsell was named NOVA's 
executive producer and director of the 
WGBH Science Unit. With 20 new 
shows a year and a budget of 

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Scenes on this and the 
facing page are from episodes 
of the NOVA miniseries. 
Secrets of Lost Empires. 
Above, "Pharoah's Obelist<": 
right, "Roman Bath. " 

$500,000 per episode, Apsell explains 
that "We could probably make three 
programs tor every one," because 
their research Is so thorough. Some of 
the material that doesn't make it to the 
show can be seen on NOVA's own 
Web site, 

Finding a balance between education 
and entertainment, Apsell portrays 
scientists who are intelligent 
detectives, driven by passion and 
creativity. She helps the viewer 
understand the power of science for 
good and for ill. Under Apsell's 
leadership, NOVA has won every 
major broadcasting award, Including 
Emmy awards, the George Foster 
Peabody, and, in January 1999, The 
Gold Baton, the highest honor given 
by the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia 
University Awards. In 1994, the 
Museum of Science in Boston 
awarded Apsell its prestigious 
Bradford Washburn Award. Others 
who have received the Washburn 
award include Walter Cronkite, 
Jacques Cousteau, Sally Ride, and 
Dr. Carl Sagan. 

"If I didn't thrive under pressure, this 
would not be a very good place to be," 
she says, her soft voice in contrast to 
obvious vitality and passion. With up 
to 30 projects going on at one time, 
she has to be able to juggle and make 
choices. "This is television, so no one 
dies if you make a wrong decision. 
But if you make a mistake, it will come 
back to haunt you. And sometimes 
things go wrong just by chance. 
Things get complicated when you're 
doing an hour-long documentary, and 
we do very ambitious ones," she says. 

An average NOVA show takes about 
eight months to complete and is 
filmed in many far-flung locations, but 
everything starts and finishes at 
WGBH headquarters on Western 
Avenue in Brighton, where the 
creative energy is palpable. 

NOVA tells an exciting story that 
allows the viewer to get a sense of 
counterintuitive scientific ideas. For 
example, in "Einstein Revealed," 
NOVA recreates several of the great 
physicist's own "thought experiments," 
or visualizations, that helped him 
arrive at his theory of relativity. One 
example illuminates his crucial 
discovery that time is relative to the 
observer. With animation and live 
action, NOVA shows how a single 
event — twin lightning bolts striking a 
pair of poles simultaneously — would 
appear differently to observers 
depending on whether they were 
standing still or riding on a train 
between the two poles. 

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60,000 teachers in middle and high 
schools, and videos are among the 
most used in the classroom of any 
television series. 

While a staff producer, Apsell made 
eight films in four years; The Gene 
Engineers. The New Healers, Death 
of a Disease. The Mind Machines, 
Race for Gold. All Part of the Game. 
Alaska: The Closing Frontier, and The 
Safety Factor. But the intense pace 
took a toll, and by 1979 she was 

"A person has to have a life too," says 
Apsell, who was born in Lynn and 
grew up in Marblehead, 
Massachusetts. "I think that's very 
important. And that's something that's 
always been a conflict for me, 
because this is the kind of job that will 
just swallow you whole if you let it. To 
be a NOVA producer you have to be 
willing to work all the time," explains 
Apsell. Married to Sheldon Apsell, 
Ph.D. '72, founder and president of 
Micrologic Inc. in Waltham, she used 
to joke that "we were really two ships 
that pass in the night. He was 
traveling, and I was traveling, and we 
were hardly ever home at the same 

After staying home with a new baby 
for a year, Apsell joined Dr. Timothy 
Johnson at WCVB-TV-Channel 5 
(Boston's ABC affiliate) in 1980 as 
senior producer for medical 
programming. There she produced 
"Faces of Medicine," a five-part series 
on medical research, and Someone I 
Once Knew, an award-winning film on 
Alzheimer's disease. 

A second daughter arrived in 1983, 
and Apsell decided she needed not a 
year off, but a change. In 1983-84 she 
was one of only eight science 
journalists awarded the Vannevar 
Bush Fellowship in the Public 
Understanding of Science at MIT. The 
award allowed her to study a broad 
range of scientific and medical topics 
(she studied evolutionary biology. 

Above. "Roman Bath", 
below, "China Bridge" 

cancer and behavioral biology, as well 
as health policy and law.) This was a 
fantastic opportunity for her to "take a 
couple of steps back, and really look 
at ways to be more effective in 
communicating science to a general 
audience," she explains. 

And that set her up to be the perfect 
choice for the plum job of executive 
producer of NOVA. It gave her a 
conceptual foundation for what she 
was attempting to do. 

Apsell credits Brandeis with giving her 
an overall background, a context for 
intellectual exploration. "I think that 
there was something about the 
environment at Brandeis that really 
set me up for not being afraid to 
explore ideas in many different 
realms, and not ever feeling 'oh I 
could never understand this or I 
couldn't do this.' There was a kind of 
intrepid feeling that I had, that if I was 
interested in something I could just 
pick up a book and read about it, or 
go to a lecture." As a sophomore she 
had a job scanning bubble chamber 
photos in a physics lab, which is 
where she met her husband. "When I 
was at Brandeis I felt no pressure to 
decide what I wanted to do. I believed 
wholeheartedly in liberal arts, that I 
should pursue my interest and try to 
take advantage of the amazing 
abundance of ideas — and people who 

Paula Apsell 

on location in Jordan 

could express those ideas in a really 
compelling way — and the future would 
take care of itself, I guess in my case 
it really did." 

She decides what shows NOVA will 
do, working with the producers to 
ensure that they are informative, 
appealing, and meet the series' high 
standards. Her office door is always 
open to producers who want to 
discuss ideas. People are literally 
swirling around her. The selection 
process hinges on education, 
entertainment, need for public 
awareness, and expense. Apsell 
emphasizes that she enjoys the 
people she works with— "here at 
WGBH in Boston, and also the 
independent producers and the 
people that I work with all around the 
country. I have many people I've been 
working with for years, and we've 
become very good friends." 

Her job encompasses a wide range. 
"It's amazing how few of the crises that 
I deal with actually have to do with the 
content of the film and how many of 
them have to deal with the politics 
surrounding the film," she says. "The 
entertainment industry has become 
very complex. A lot of players are 
involved in it. And we have strong 
expectations for our shows. They 
have to be high quality, they have to 
be educational, and yet we also want 
to attract an audience with them. So 
we have a lot of conflicting demands 
that we have to satisfy." 

She treads a fine line. "You want to 
make programs that reflect the 
complexity of science, but on the 
other hand that aren't so complex 
themselves that people just get a 
headache and give up. I'd say that's 
really where the art of it all comes in." 

She has maintained quality in NOVA's 
science programming while venturing 
into large format films, software, 
books, educational kits, and the 
Internet, with a NOVA Web site and 
NOVA/PBS Online Adventures. 

With some of the more ambitious 
programs, producers take on more 
than they bargained for. "It's very 
seldom that we just go to make a film. 
In our Secrets of Lost Empires 
miniseries, we built a Turkish bath for 
one of the films, trying to understand 
why the ancient Romans were such 

38 Brandeis Review 

good engineers. So you have a 
construction project going on at the 
same time that you're making a 
television program," she explains. 

Attitude is important. For example, the 
NOVA program on Everest, 
documenting the search for the bodies 
of the climbers George Mallory and 
Andrew Irvine mysteriously lost in 
1924, was conceived long before the 
producers had any idea what they 
would find. "So," says Apsell, "you 
have to go into it knowing that you 
may have to make a program about 
not finding what you're looking for." 
But she forges ahead, using 
confidence and experience to tame 
chaos, "We're very lucky that the 
Everest expedition found Mallory. 
There were a lot of players in this, and 
everybody wanted his or her day in 
the sun. So it's not just going to a 
mountain with a camera. And of 
course the logistics of filming on 
Everest are phenomenal," she 

"And whenever you have an element 
of adventure you also have an 
element of risk. But I think in taking 
risks the programs get very exciting, 
just as long as you always know that 
the fallback position is really an 
accurate one. I always ask the 
producers, 'If this doesn't work, what's 
going to happen? What's your backup 
plan?' Because at least half the time, 
it doesn't work." 

It is just that kind of ambiguity that 
infiltrates her job, and it is a big, 
complicated job. "There is an awful lot 
going on here, and I think you have to 
be the kind of person who is 
comfortable juggling several balls in 
the air at once. If you're the kind of 
person who needs everything very 
neatly organized and wrapped in its 

little box and everything kind of taken 
care of until you pull it out and look at 
it, this job probably is not for you. 
You've got to be a person who can 
deal with ambiguity and unknowns, 
and work a lot of different things at 
once. And I thrive on that. 

"I am so glad, in the morning, when 
I'm in my car driving down Western 
Avenue. I get excited that I'm going 
to come into work. I just think it's 
so. ..much." She injects her 
passion into those three words by 
leaving space between them. You 
can feel the excitement in her voice. 

You can only wonder what kind of 
probation officer she would have 
been. ■ 

A scene from the 
"China Bhdge" episode 
of NOVA 's miniseries, 
Secrets of Lost Empires 

Marjorie Lyon is a staff writer for tfie 
Brandeis Review. 

39 Brandeis Review 

Voter turnout in 

the United States 

is so low tliat we 

ranic in the 

bottom fifth 

among nations of 

the world. If a 


obtains its power 
from the people, 

what will happen 

to ours? 

by Steven Grossman 

Last December I was 

elect its government on In 1 993 I was privileged 

asked one of those 

the principle of universal to sit with Yitzhak Rabin 

millennial questions that suffrage in multiparty, 

cropped up with 

competitive elections 

increasing frequency as was Finland in 1906. 
. the end of the year 

approached: "If there is Less than 1 00 years 

one thing you would 
take with you into the 
next century, what 

later, there are 11 9 

democratic countries — 

almost two-thirds of the 

would it be— and if there world's nations 

in Jerusalem on the day 
the Oslo Agreements 

became known to the 

world. He knew he was 

taking an enormous 
political risk, but he also 

knew that Palestinians as 

well as Israelis needed to 

be free from want and 

is one thing you would containing three-fifths of from fear in order for 

leave behind, what 

would it be?" I was 

its people. For the first 

democratic institutions to 

time in history, a majority flourish, and that those 

surprised at how quickly of the world's people live healthy institutions were 

I responded: "I would 
take democracy with 
me, and leave 

intolerance behind." 

under governments of 
their own choosing. 

a precondition for peace. 
He told me that when 

Democracy can now be people have virtually no 

said to be a universal 

income, no way of 

The 20th century was 
democracy's century. 

human value, a system providing for their 
of government, and a set families, are ill-clothed 

of principles 

and ill-fed, have no 

§ The first truly democratic underpinning it that are health care and no hope 

country was not Greece aspired to by the vast 

that tomorrow will be 

in the fifth century B.C., majority of people around better than today, they 

England in 1215, or 
even the United States 

the globe. Franklin 
Roosevelt's articulation 

have no stake in the 

success of the 

in 1776. At the turn of 

the 20th century, not 

of those principles in 

1941 as the "Four 

democratic process. 
Hatred and violence are 

.■,>^ '. . -. •• 7,^*?v*'"'^^fe °"® country granted its Freedoms" helped make likely to fill that void. 

'-yyi citizens universal 
!'., suffrage. Believe it or 
not, the first country to 


them the world's ideals: 

freedom of speech, 
freedom of worship, 
freedom from want, and 

freedom from fear. 

The author with 
President Clinton 

This has been a century in which we 
have grappled repeatedly with 
intolerance. I firmly believe that there 
is an inverse relationship between 
democracy and intolerance. 
Democracy connotes not only 
individual liberty and self- 
determination, but also the principles 
of social equality and respect for the 
individual within a community, 
balancing the will of the many with the 
rights of the few. This century has 
been marked by fierce struggles 
toward freedom and democracy 
around the world and against tyranny 
and intolerance. Too often, however, it 
has also been marked by apathy and 

My good friend Lenny Zakim, a 
Brandeis honorary degree recipient 
who was regional director of the Anti- 
Defamation League until he 
succumbed to cancer last December, 
taught me that we must be tireless in 
confronting and resisting intolerance, 
but we must be equally passionate 
about confronting and resisting 
apathy, which he saw as a much more 
pernicious and widespread evil. In the 
immortal words of the British 
statesman Edmund Burke, "The only 
thing necessary for the triumph of evil 
is for good men to do nothing." 

In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 
1986, Elie Wiesel spoke eloquently 
about the urgent need for moral 

Sometimes we must interfere. When 
human lives are endangered, when 
human dignity is in jeopardy, national 
borders and sensitivities become 
irrelevant. Wherever men and women 
are persecuted because of their race, 
religion, or political views, that place 
must — at that moment^become the 
center of the universe. 

As a new century dawns, I have some 
concerns about the health of our 
cradle of liberty." In a democracy the 
people are the source of power, but 
they must participate to wield that 
power. We have seen a precipitous 
decline in political participation in 
America. More than 60 percent of the 
total voting-age population cast a 
ballot in the 1960s, while only 36 

percent did in 1998; in 1996 turnout 
was lower than it has been in a 
presidential election year since 1924. 
Voter turnout in most of the 
established democracies around the 
world averages 77 percent — more 
than twice as high as it was in the 
United States in 1998. The United 
States ranks 139th in the world in 
average voter turnout since 1945 — in 
the bottom 20 percent of nations in 
the world. 

Trust in government and its leaders 
are also at historic lows in this 
country. In 1964, three-quarters of 
Americans said they trusted the 
federal government to do the right 
thing; today only a quarter do. 

While the solutions to cynicism and 
apathy among the electorate are far 
from obvious or straightforward, I 
believe there are some things we can 
do to breathe new life into 
participatory democracy. For example, 
we are still voting the same way we 
did in the 18th century, when we were 
a largely agrarian society that ran on 
the harvest calendar. Today, people 
work long hours and frequently at 
more than one job. At home, they care 
for young children and aging parents. 
Innovations in the voting process such 
as weekend voting — which helps 
make possible the high turnout in 
nations such as France and 
Australia— same-day registration, and 
mail balloting make it possible for 
more people to get to the polls and 
participate in the process. 

Skeptics abound, but I believe that 
Internet voting will also be a viable 
option soon. Tens of millions of 
Americans surf the Internet regularly, 
and the number of personal 
computers capable of Internet access 
is growing worldwide, from fewer than 
60 million in 1996 to an estimated 256 
million in 2000. If we want to 
encourage consistent voting from an 

42 Brandeis Review 

early age, we must connect with 
young Americans wliere they gather - 
on the Internet. Online voting would 
also enhance access to the ballot for 
tens of millions of Americans with 

Re-engaging young people and 
bringing new voters into the process 
are also critical for a revitalized 
democracy. The College Democrats 
report that turnout of young people 
has been declining steadily during the 
1990s. In Massachusetts alone, 
50,000 young people turn 18 every 
year— that's 500,000 potential new 
voters over the next 10 years. We 
cannot afford to have those young 
people, with their energy and 
idealism, turn away from the political 
process. A Close Up Foundation 
survey of high school students last 
year showed that while they are 
enthusiastic about volunteering in 
their communities, they are 
increasingly uninterested in pursuing 
careers related to politics, 
volunteering for a political campaign, 
or writing to an elected official. We 
must make politics and public service 
exciting, relevant, and honorable 

A thornier challenge than many of 
these, but one we absolutely must 
meet, is real and comprehensive 
campaign finance reform. Too many 
people believe the system is bought 
and paid for by wealthy corporations 
and individuals, and that their 
participation and votes mean nothing. 
Breathtaking amounts of money are 
spent on a "product" — the political 
process— that fewer and fewer 
"consumers" are buying. In any 
business, this would be a clear sign of 
something profoundly wrong. In 
politics, a military metaphor seems 
more appropriate: we seem to have 
fought each other to a standstill on the 
battlefield — the democratic process 
has been reduced to "Mutually 
Assured Destruction." 

The Guardian editorialized at year- 
end, "This has been the century of the 
activist, when the age-old grip of the 
few on political life was finally 
broken... The many had arrived on the 
political stage.... If current trends were 
to continue," however, "politics would 
once again become a specialized 
function reserved for elites, their 
relationship with the public governed 
by the media. But forcing the genie of 
political participation back into the 
bottle for good is likely to prove an 
impossible task." 

I reflected frequently over the course 
of 1 999 on the story of my family 
during the 20th century, a story 
repeated over and over in so many 
families all across America. My 
grandfather came to East Boston as a 
small child at the turn of the century, 
with a family searching for freedom 
from want and freedom from 
intolerance. The last time I saw my 
grandfather, he summed up his life for 
me by saying that he only ever 
wanted to do four things: have a 
healthy family, educate his children, 
start his own business so he wouldn't 
have to depend on someone else for 
his livelihood, and give something 
back to the community that threw him 
a lifeline when he needed it. Despite 
all the change that has occurred over 
the course of this amazing century, I 
believe these are the things we still 
value most highly: family, education, 
economic opportunity, and building 

A recent editorial in The New York 
Times proclaimed, "the surest way to 
reach across time is through the 
transmission of enduring values and 
ideals" — from the Greek and 
Enlightenment philosophers to 
Washington and Jefferson to Vaclav 
Havel and Nelson Mandela, and from 
my grandparents to my parents to me 
to my children. 

Who knows what the Internet Century 
will bhng us? Limitless possibilities for 
spreading free speech and self- 
determination to every corner of the 
globe through the power of 
uncontrolled information and 
communication — or limitless 

possibilities for spreading hatred and 
violence by the same means? These 
properties are not inherent in the 
technology, but in human nature — the 
choice is entirely ours. 

Tom Friedman, '75, a New Yorl< 
Times columnist and distinguished 
Brandeis graduate, reflected in his 
New Year's Day column on the 
incredible change that our world is 
going through at warp speed. "This 
may be the millennium," he wrote, "but 
it's no time for us to get old." He 
invoked the lyrics of Bob Dylan's 
ballad Forever Young as he hoped 
that America could "revive that 
youthful, radically creative spirit" that 
was the genius of our founders: "May 
your hands always be busy / May your 
feet always be swift / May you have a 
strong foundation when the winds of 
changes shift." We must choose to 
work in the 21st century toward the 
perfection of democracy and the 
eradication of intolerance. ■ 

Steve Grossman is chair of the Board 
of Trustees of Brandeis University, 
l-le is also president of 
MassEnvelopePlus, former National 
Chairman of the Democratic National 
Committee, and founder and 
president of, an 
Internet company designed to 
help nonprofit organizations raise 
funds online. 

43 Brandeis Review 

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by Marjorie Lyon 

Natural Resources 

the Environmental Studies 
Program combines a liberal, 

holarly approach to the 

bjectwith hands-on experience, 
proven avenues to career 
opportunities, and a commitment 
to social activism. 

The winding, twisting Housatonic 
River meanders from Hinsdale at 
IVIuddy Pond in western 
Massachusetts all the way to Long 
Island Sound. It snakes through 
Pittsfield, where Nicole Waldheim '00 
grew up. She remembers a beautiful 
park on its shores, but she also 
remembers that she could not swim 
or fish or play in the river. Ominous, 
chilling signs peppered the water's 
FISHING. If you do catch fish, do not 
eat them." 

The culprit. General Electric in 
Pittsfield, just began to clean up the 
first one-half mile of the river near 
the plant in January 2000. And 
Waldheim, a Brandeis sociology 
major who found her niche in the 
Environmental Studies Program, 
spent last summer as an intern for 
the Housatonic Valley Association, 
working to find out what the towns 
along the river were going to do in 
conjunction with an Environmental 
Protection Agency and GE 
settlement to clean the water. 

Imagine her excitement, canoeing 
down this river of her childhood (for 
the first time, she says) finding the 
areas of pollution and of clean water, 
"We looked at the texture, the clarity, 
the wildlife, the changes because of 
where the PCBs happen to be, how 
the river rushes, if there are still 
pipes discharging materials, where 
there's runoff. We went through 
some populated areas, and some 
not," she explains, her vantage point 
now changed from dismayed 
observer to active participant and 

She marvels at the river's beauty 
and its scars. She understands the 
need to change not only the purity of 
the water but the mindset of the 
community. The long-held 
perception that the river is a dump 
perpetuates that behavior— people 
continue to go there and dump their 
trash. Writing an article for a 
newspaper, going to town meetings 
with her boss, contacting people to 
find out what towns were doing on 
the shore of the river, writing an 
extensive report, she revels in 
hands-on experience. "My boss put 
a lot of trust in me," she says, adding 
that she has learned how to make 
cold calls. "You know when you 
finally find your niche," says 

Real people, real problems, real 
solutions: the Brandeis 
Environmental Studies Internship 
Program, a core component of the 
Environmental Studies Program 
curriculum, provides the opportunity 
for students to experience, firsthand, 
actual environmental challenges in 
government, industry, public interest 
groups, and scientific research 
organizations. Students work 
alongside professionals at local 
companies such as Polaroid and 
Genetics Institute, regulatory 
agencies including the EPA, the 
Massachusetts Department of 
Environmental Protection and local 
conservation commissions, and 
organizations such as the 
Massachusetts Audubon Society, 
the Environmental Justice Network, 
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and 
the New England Aquarium. 

While Waldheim worked behind the 
scenes on the emotional issues 
created by polluted water, 
anthropology major Ariel Bornstein '00 
was taking his lifelong fascination 
with cichlids (freshwater fish) to a 
magical environment behind the 
glass at the New England Aquarium. 
He worked on a new exhibit at the 
aquarium about Lake Victoria in 
Africa. Because of his work at the 
aquarium, he was invited by the staff 
to accompany them on a fish- 
gathering thp to the Amazon. 

It is not by chance that these 
students have landed internships in 
places that are tailored perfectly to 
their talents and interests. Consider 
it a tribute to Laura Goldin, 
powerhouse assistant professor of 
environmental studies. Yale 
University and Harvard Law School 
graduate, modest, ardent, Goldin is 
associate director of the 
Environmental Studies Program and 
director of the Environmental Studies 
Internship Program. She uses her 
extensive contacts in 20 years as an 
environmental attorney in 
government, industry, public interest, 
and private law practice to find the 
ideal placement for each student. 
"We really tailor these internships to 
the students — not just what they can 
do, but what they want to learn, how 

45 Brandeis Review 

it fits into their academic major. On 
top of tlnat, there's the chemistry 
issue — what kind of people are they? 
One of my first requirements for their 
supervisor is he or she has to care 
about the work, and be committed to 
environmental protection. And I often 
do career counseling in this process. 
I'm hoping that this is the kind of 
place that the students might in fact 
even want to work. Or, they're going 
into something completely different 
and this is their only chance to give 
this a try," explains Goldin with her 
signature fast-talking ebullience. 
"The payoff for me is the light in the 
students' eyes — their excitement, 
their enthusiasm, that feeling of yes, 
it worked, this is a good fit-good for 
them, and ultimately, good for 
Brandeis, because they are our 
ambassadors," says Goldin. 

Students in environmental studies 
tend to come from many 
disciplines — sociology, anthropology, 
economics, politics, and the 
sciences. They are united by a 
common ground: social activism, 
less flamboyant today than in the 
dramatic sixties, but still a pillar of 
Brandeis. Explains Attila Klein, 
professor of biology and a major 
force in the Environmental Studies 
Program, "It's also realistic, based 
on understanding of not only the 
social need for reform, but also on 
the economic and scientific basis for 
changes. So I think that the 
difference in this crop of students is 
that they have acquired expertise in 

the economic and scientific basis of 
the tough problems that society 
faces, and then applied their 
activism to make the changes, using 
their economic and social 
understanding." Adds farmer and 
logger Brian Donahue, assistant 
professor of American environmental 
studies (on the Jack Meyerhoff 
Foundation) and director. 
Environmental Studies Program, 
"Many students in the program think 
of it more than anything else as their 
home at Brandeis." 

Bombarded in the newspapers by 
environmental horror stories, 
students appreciate, says Klein, that 
the Brandeis approach is optimistic. 
Instead of feeling overwhelmed and 
defeated, Donahue and Goldin are 
concentrating on ways of improving, 
changing, and modifying human 
behavior, so that solutions are found 
to these difficult problems. And they 
are each pioneehng solutions. 
Donahue is trying to reform the 
suburbs to behave in a less wasteful 
manner, and Goldin is doing it on a 
regulatory legal and activist level," 
explains Klein. 

A Phi Beta Kappa student who 
received the Eleanor A. Schick Prize 
in Environmental Studies when she 
graduated, Annelies Goger '99 is 
interested in the social application of 
what she learns. "I want to bring 
resources back to people who have 
the least, to work with communities, 
to make the most change and 
positive progress." she says. As an 
intern, Goger worked with 
Alternatives for Community and 

Environment (ACE) in Roxbury, 
Massachusetts, the premier 
environmental justice organization in 
New England. She made herself 
indispensable during her internship, 
and in August, after she graduated, 
ACE created a job for her as 
communications coordinator. 

Goger helps the low-income 
Roxbury community address a host 
of local environmental problems. 
"We try to solve local environment 
and public health problems by 
bringing legal, technical, and 
educational resources into the 
community, because people here 
have limited access to the resources 
necessary for solving these 
environmental problems," she 
explains. She adds that ACE also 
tries to empower and equip local 
youth with the knowledge and skills 
required for becoming effective 
leaders in their community." 

One project Goger became involved 
with during her internship at ACE 
was the launching of the Greater 
Boston Environmental Justice 
Network (GBEJN). The network 
emerged from the gathehng of 
residents and community groups 
participating in ACE's annual 
Environmental Justice in the 'Hood 
conference held in Roxbury. Many of 
the attending resident organizations 
at the conference were also clients 
in cases that they had brought to the 
Massachusetts Environmental 
Justice Network (MEJN) for 

assistance. (MEJN is ACE's network 
of pro-bono attorneys and other 
professionals.) At the conference, 
residents recognized that working 
together they could be more 
proactive in addressing 
environmental justice issues than 
they could working alone. Goger 
helped organize GBEJN's first 
advocacy campaign, which was for 
the Environmental Justice 
Designation Bill (proposed by 
Massachusetts State Senator 
Dianne Wilkerson) that would 
identify communities that are 
overburdened with pollution sources 
and protect them from further 
environmental insults. 

Currently applying to master's 
degree programs in city planning, 
Goger, who spent a semester of her 
junior year as a participant in a 
sustainable development program in 
Costa Rica, is committed to 
combining her academic interests 
with social justice. "I came from a 
working-class background originally, 
then was transplanted into the 
academic environment, and I gained 
a very academic perspective. Now, 
I'm immersed again in the 
community and social justice 
perspective — the grass roots. If I 
return to the academic arena, I will 
learn more about how to integrate 
community and governance better, 
what the deeper issues are, and all 
of the different dynamics of how 
things get done. I think having both 
perspectives is extremely valuable 
and effective for making change 


Another Brandeis intern's project at 
ACE focused on the prevalent 
asthma and other major health 
problems triggered by the 
inordinately poor air quality in the 
Roxbury area, due in large measure 
to the constant idling of the hundreds 
of diesel buses housed at the City of 
Boston's bus terminal in Dudley 
Square. The intern helped create an 
air quality awareness education 
program, translated it into Spanish 
for the large Hispanic population in 
that area, and organized a 
successful and much-publicized 
"Stop the Idling" event that involved 
the local schools and schoolchildren, 
community leaders, the Mayor of 
Boston, the Commissioners of DEP 
and the Department of Public Health, 
and the Regional Director of EPA. 
These efforts resulted in an 
agreement by the City of Boston to 
eliminate unnecessary bus idling and 
to switch a number of the city buses 
to electric power. 

When the first graduate of the 
Environmental Studies Program, 
Franklin Daley '97, decided as a 
sophomore that premed was not for 

Photos show members of the 
Environmental Studies Program in 
activities that include the clean-up of 
woods, an on-site visit to Genetics 
Institute, and water-quality testing. 

47 Brandeis Review 

him, he did not flounder for long. The 
Environmental Studies Program 
gave him an opportunity to use his 
premed courses, such as chemistry, 
in a way that better fit his interest, 
and Goldin found him an internship 
that was perfect. "In Franklin's case," 
she says, "it felt like a good match to 
put him in Genetics Institute in 
Andover. The environmental health 
and safety manager at Genetics is 
really one of the best in the 
business; his approach is proactive 
and innovative — for example, reduce 
toxins and prevent problems before 
they start. They're trying to push the 
envelope even farther all the time, 
with energy savings, and employee 
health and safety, chemical 
management systems, and chemical 
reduction efforts." 

Daley's internship at Genetics 
Institute not only inspired him, but 
turned into a full-time job after he 
graduated. "My job as an intern was 
related to the OSHA lab standards, 
which require that every laboratory 
that uses hazardous materials has a 
complete inventory of those 
materials on hand at all times. So my 
job was to go through the labs and 
make sure they had that inventory 
and if they didn't, to do it." Today 
Daley, who was born in the U.S. 
Virgin Islands, grew up on the tiny 
British Colony of Montserrat, and 
came to the United States seven 
years ago, is still involved with 
occupational hazard safety work. 

now responsible for a wider range. 
His enthusiasm for the field and his 
love for Brandeis have never waned. 
"Wherever I am right now, I'm here 
because of Brandeis," says Daley, 
adding that he is earning a master's 
degree at Northeastern in toxicology 
with the plan of focusing on 
environmental toxicology. 

Daley is an example of an 
unexpected outcome of the 
internships in industry — an about- 
face in students' understanding of 
the relationship between industry 
and the environment. Students 
entenng the environmental studies 
field are, in general, idealistic, 
strongly committed to environmental 
protection, and eager to make a 
difference. They also often arrive 
with a highly negative impression of 
"big business," viewing 
manufacturers and other industries 
as heavy polluters without 
environmental conscience. Brandeis 
students who have been interns in 
industry — in placements where 
"good environmental citizenship" is 
an underlying ethic — rapidly change 
their views. The students are struck 
by the commitment of their 
companies to environmental 
excellence. They also gain an 
understanding of the enormous 
complexity of complying with 
environmental requirements, and of 
the significant investment of 
resources needed. "This kind of 
learning could not be gained without 
this internship experience," 
emphasizes Goldin. 

In fact, major support for the 
program comes from AT&T, W.R. 
Grace Foundation Inc., and the 
Hogan Family Limited Partnership. 
Pioneering chemist Dr. Joseph C. 
Hogan, Jr. and his wife. Ann, have 
taken a personal interest, coming to 
campus to meet with interns. 

The internship program includes a 
strong academic component. Weekly 
seminars with Goldin, readings, and 
written assignments provide an 
opportunity for critical analysis of the 
internship experience. Each intern, 
along with Goldin, develops a 
syllabus and individualized final 
product such as a journal, paper, or 

With Goldin a driving force behind 
the interns, her powerful and 
unusual combination of attributes — 
tough legal savvy, razor-sharp 
intellect, motherly concern, 
environmental fervor, dedicated 
activism, and boundless energy — 
sends well-prepared students to 
individually tailored internships. 
There they absorb real world lessons 
and make conthbutions that may 
influence their lives and ours. This is 
Brandeis at its best. ■ 

Marjohe Lyon is a staff writer for tfie 
Brandeis Review. 





Deftly combining a wealth of 
fascinating detail with an important 
and controversial thesis, a leading 
cultural historian explores the 
complex interactions of Jewish and 
American cultures. 

325 pages. 14 illustrations. $26 
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In Search of 
Jewish Culture 

Stephen J. Whitfield 

"American Jewish culture 
has found its definitive historian." 
— Forward 

Jews have contributed to American culture in the 20th 
century to a degree out of all proportion to their numbers. 
But when Irving Berlin writes "White Christmas" and 
"Easter Parade," when Leonard Bernstein composes a 
celebrated "mass," or when Al Jolson, the cantor's son, 
performs in blackface, can these be considered 
manifestations of a specifically Jewish American culture? 
Stephen J. Whitfield, a cultural historian at Brandeis and 
author of The Culture of the Cold War. says yes, and he 
offers a lively, wide-ranging, critical interpretation of that 
tradition in his latest book. 

With an encyclopedic command of contemporary 
American culture, Whitfield ranges from drama and 
musical theater to popular and symphonic music to film 
and literature to trace the complex interactions of Jewish 
and American cultures. He traces significant themes such 
as representations of the Holocaust, and offers a plethora of 
entertaining and enlightening anecdotes to show how 
Jewish American culture has influenced and been 
influenced by the larger mainstream culture. In a final 
chapter he thoughtfully ponders the future of the Jewish 
element in American Jewish culture after a century of 
largely successful assimilation. 

"Whitfield has written a fascinating book on the Jewish role 
in some key areas of American culture — popular music, the 
stage, Hollywood. His knowledge is awesome. His 
approach to dealing with the problem of just what is 

'Jewish' in the cultural and artistic work of persons who are 
Jews expands our understanding of this key issue of ethnic 

'contributions' to American culture. The book itself is a 
valuable contribution to the understanding of American 
— Nathan Glazer, Harvard University 

"You'll read Mr. Whitfield. ..for the giddy brio with which 
he bounces between high culture and low... his view of 
culture is sufficiently wide and generous to embrace 
masterpieces, like Philip Roth's American Pastoral, and 
unredeemed schlock, like the songs of Barry Manilow." 
— The New York Observer 

"A lucid and absorbing work." 
— Booklist 

"Whitfield's thesis is as complex, multifaceted, 
and polyvalent as the Jewish-American experience 
itself... the author pulls the threads of his themes together 
convincingly in the book's final chapter." 
— Kirkus Reviews 



The Brandeis Series on 
Jewish Women 

Eugene Goodheart 

Edytha Macy Gross 
Professor of Humanities 

Does Literary Studies Have 
a Future! 
The University of 
Wisconsin Press 

Does Literary Studies Have 
ii Future' challenges the 
view that literary classics 
must be relevant to our 
immediate concerns: rather 
than providing easy 
recognition of what we 
already know, the classic 
startles the unfamiliar in 
us. The author addresses the 
question of objectivity in 
humanistic study and 
provides an assessment of 
the current state and the 
future of literary studies in 
the United States. 

Morton Keller 

and R. Shep Melnick, eds. 
Keller is the Samuel J. and 
Augusta Spector Professor 
of History. 

Taking Stock 

Cambridge University Press 
and Woodrow Wilson 
Center Press 

What IS American 
government like today? 
How has it changed — and 
how has it remained the 
same — over the course of 
the century just ended? 
Taking Stock brings 
together historians and 
political scientists to 
examine the past 
experience, current state, 
and future prospects of five 
major American public 
issues: trade and tariff 
policy, immigration and 
aliens, conservation and 
environmentalism, civil 
rights, and social welfare. 

Antony Polonsky 

and Israel Bartal, eds. 
Polonsky is the Albert 
Abramson Professor of 
Holocaust Studies and 
Walter Stern Hilborn 
Professor of ludaic Studies 
and Social Studies. 

Studies m Polish fewry — 
Polin Volume 12 — Focusing 
on Galicia: lews, Poles, and 
Ukrainians 1772-1918 
The Littman Library of 
Jewish Civilization 

The contributors give 
overviews of the history of 
the Jewish community,- 
describe the first 
impressions of Austrian 
officials of ethnic relations 
in newly annexed Galicia; 
examine the way the 
reforms of Maria Theresa 
and Joseph II affected the 
Jews; examine the 
consequences of Galician 
autonomy after 1867 for 
Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians; 
and trace Jewish emigration 
from Galicia to Vienna. 

Women and 

^YQf^r Menstruation 
in Jewish 
Life and Lovk' 


Women and Water: 
Menstruation in fewish Life 
and Law 

Since ancient times, Jewish 
law has designated women 
as impure during their 
menstrual flow and for 
several days thereafter. 
During this time, a Jewish 
woman is considered 
Niddah — unable to have 
sexual relations with her 
husband and excluded from 
the synagogue. Purification 
in a Miqveh (a ritual bath) 
restores full status as a wife 
and member of the Jewish 
community. In the 
contemporary world, 
debates about the meaning 
and practice of Niddah 
emphasize its importance in 
sustaining or threatening 
conjugal relations and its 
influence on the role 
women play in Jewish 
ceremony and culture. 

Rahel R. Wasscrfall ed., is a 
resident scholar in the 
Women's Studies Program 
at Brandeis University. 

50 Brandeis Review 


Robert M. Alter, M.A. '68 

with lane Alter. Alter is a 
practicing psychotherapist 
in Newton, Massachusetts. 

The Transformative Power 
of Crisis: Our fourney to 
Psychological Healing and 
Spiritual Awakening 
Regan Books 

Using case histories and 
anecdotes, the authors 
reveal how to turn painful 
moments from the past mto 
stepping stones toward a 
more fulfilling future. For 
anyone who has struggled 
with unhealthy 
relationships, addictions, or 
abuse, The Transformative 
Power of Crisis provides a 
reassuring and enlightening 
new perspective on 
overcoming trauma and 
understanding one's self. 

Richard Burgin '68 

Burgin is a professor of 
communication and English 
at St. Louis University and 
the author of seven books. 

Ghost Quartet 
Northwestern University 

Ghost Quartet, set in the 
contemporary classical 
music world of New York 
City and Tanglewood, 
centers around the Faustian 
struggles of Ray Stoneson, a 
32-year-old talented but 
unrecognized composer, 
when he meets an older gay 
conductor who offers to 
further Ray's career in 
exchange for a relationship. 
This novel of aspiration and 
moral compromise explores 
the boundaries that preserve 
the psyche and the damage 
that results when those 
boundaries are breached. 

Michael Ginor '85 

with Mitchell Davis. Ginor 
is the cofounder, co-owner, 
and president of Hudson 
Valley Foie Gras and New 
York State Foie Gras. 

Foie Gras.. .A Passion 
John Wiley &. Sons, Inc. 

Foie Gras.. .A Passion is the 
first English language book 
to focus on this culinary 
delight. It will prove to be 
of interest to readers at all 
culinary skill levels, from 
the simply curious food 
enthusiast to the trained 
food and beverage 
professional. Also included 
are "signature recipes" 
captured by fashion 
photographer Gideon 

Kay S. Hymowitz '70 

Hymowitz is a senior fellow 
at the Manhattan Institute, 
a contributing editor at City 
fournal, and an affiliate 
scholar at the Institute for 
American Values. 

Ready or Not: Why Treating 
Children as Small Adults 
Endangers Their Future — 
and Ours 
The Free Press 

In Ready or Not, the author 
offers a new interpretation 
of what makes our children 
tick and where the moral 
anomie of today's children 
comes from. She reveals 
how our ideas about 
childrearing have been 
transformed in response to 
the theories of various 
"experts" who have 
encouraged us to view 
children as small adults. 
The idea of childhood as a 
time of limited competence, 
in which adults prepare the 
young for maturity, has 
fallen into disrepute. The 
author argues that one of 
the great ironies of turning 
our children into small 
adults is that American 
society has become less 
successful at producing 
mature men and women 

Karen L. Kilcup '88, ed. 

Kilcup is associate professor 
of American literature at 
the University of North 
Carolina at Greensboro. 

Soft Canons: American 
Women Writers and 
Masculine Tradition 
University of Iowa Press 

Rather than exploiting the 
conception of men's and 
women's writing in 
opposition. Soft Canons 
explores the direct 

relationships and mutual 
influences between male 
and female authors of the 
19th-century American 
literary canon. Sixteen 
essays consider the ways in 
which race, gender, 
sexuality, and region affect 
authorship and reading. The 
book illustrates the 
relationships and influences 
flowing between some of 
the most celebrated writers 
of the 19th century. 

C. Dallett Hemphill, Ph.D. '88 

Hemphill is professor of 
history at Ursinus College 
in Pennsylvania. 

Bowing to Necessities: A 
History of Manners in 
America. 1620-1860 
Oxford University Press 

Anglo-Americans wrestled 
with some profound 
cultural contradictions as 
they shifted from the 
hierarchical and patriarchal 
society of the 17th-century 
frontier to the modern and 
fluid class democracy of the 
mid-19th century. Bowing 
to Necessity argues that 
manners provided ritual 
solutions to central cultural 
problems by allowing 
Americans to act out — and 
thus reinforce — power 
relations just as these 
relations underwent 

51 Brandeis Review 

Barbara Kreiger, Ph.D. 78 

and Shalom Goldman. 
Kreiger teaches at 
Dartmouth College. 

Divine Expectations: An 
American Woman in 19th- 
century Palestine 
Ohio University Press 

Clorinda Minor was a 
charismatic Christian 
whose belief in the Second 
Coming impelled her to 
leave a comfortable life in 
Philadelphia in 1851 and 
lead believers to Palestine 
where they turned to 
farming, teaching the 
impoverished lews in 
lerusalem and laffa to work 
the soil using modern 
farming methods. They 
introduced the wheelbarrow 
and the American pitchfork 
that was a boon during 
wheat harvest. But 
problems mounted: Mrs. 
Minor fell ill and died, 
thieves and robbers targeted 
the farm, and the final 
disaster — an Arab attack — 
forced the colony to leave 
and set sail for America. 

Howard Kreisel 72, M.A. '80, 
Ph.D. '81 

Kreisel is associate 
professor in the Jewish 
Thought Program at Ben- 
Cunon University of the 


Maimonides' Political 
Thought: Studies m Ethics. 
Law. and the Human Ideal 
State University of New 
York Press 

This book presents a series 
of studies that cover a wide 
range of issues relating to 
Maimonides's political 
thought, including the basis 
for political and ethical 
knowledge, the notion of 
the "good"; imitatio Dei; 
apparent contradictions in 
his position on ethics; the 
conception of God that he 
attempts to inculcate to 
Jewish society at large; and 
his novel approach to the 
love and fear of God. 

Monique Lang '66 

Lang is a psychotherapist 
practicing in Riverdale, 
New York. 

lourney to Wholeness: 
Healing from the 
Trauma of Rape 
Learning Publications, Inc. 

fourney to Wholeness 
teaches and reinforces what 
survivors of rape must 
know and practice if they 
are to become whole again. 
Each chapter focuses on a 
particular rape-related topic, 
gives facts and information 
about rape and its effect on 
the survivors, and guides 
one through a series of self- 
reflective exercises that 
mvolve thinking, feeling, 
and writing. 

JaneLilienfeld, Ph.D. '75 

and Jeffrey Oxford, eds. 
Lilienfeld is associate 
professor of English at 
Lincoln University, 
Jefferson City, Missouri. 

The Languages of Addiction 
St. Martin's Press 

The Languages of Addiction 
listens to the way we talk 
about what it means to be 
unable to say no, using 
literature as a springboard. 
It brings into conversation 
the traditional, single-issue 
texts that discuss 
alcoholisms, to represent a 
variety of theoretical 
approaches to, and 
pedagogical methods of 
teaching the problem. The 
essays challenge and defend 
the AA-Medical Model and 
draw from African, 
American, British, French, 
and Spanish literatures, 
exploring the meaning of 
denial, "addiction," and the 
psychological experiences of 

Elizabeth \. Miller '93 

and Mira Reisberg. Miller 
teaches in the middle 
school in Highland Park, 

fust Like Home — Como en 

Mi Tierra 

Albert Whitman &. 


In English and Spanish, a 
young girl shares the story 
of how she and her family 
arrived in the United States. 
In everything she sees and 
does, she notices things that 
are just like at home and 
those that are not. At the 
back of the book, a list 
names items in English and 
Spanish that children can 
search for in each 

David T.Z. Mindich '85 

Mindich is an assistant 
professor in the Department 
of lournalism at Saint 
Michael's College. He has 
also written for the Wall 
Street lournal, the Media 
Studies lournal, the 
Christian Science Monitor, 
and New York Magazine. 

lust the Facts: How 
"Objectivity" Came to 
Define American 
New York University Press 

The author of this book 
lourneys back to the 19th 
century to recover the lost 
history and meaning of the 
central tenet of American 
journalism — objectivity. He 
draws on a number of high 
profile cases that show the 
degree to which journalism 
and the evolving 
journalistic commitment to 
objectivity altered — and in 
some cases limited — the 
public's understanding of 
events and issues. 

52 Brandeis Review 



A 1)K TIIWAKI 111 IMI'ORlj" 

Naomi Pasachoff, Ph.D. 74 

Pasachoff is a research 
associate at Williams 
College. She has written 
over 20 books for the teen 

Fiances Perkins: Champion 
of the New Deal 
Oxford University Press 

Frances Perkins (1880-1965) 
was the first woman 
appointed to a U.S. cabinet 
post and the longest-serving 
secretary of labor in 
American history. Perkins 
also had a long and 
illustrious record as a social 
activist. One of the most 
distinguished women in the 
history of American 
government, Perkins is also 
a pivotal figure in the social 
and political history of the 
20th century. Illustrated 
with documents and rare 
photographs, this book 
provides a portrait of a true 
champion of the New Deal. 

Chris Rohmann '64 

Rohmann is a freelance 
writer and editor living in 

A World of Ideas: A 
Dictionary of Important 
Theories, Concepts. Beliefs, 
and Thinkers 
Balantine Books 

This book of knowledge 
offers in-depth analysis, 
detailed interpretation, and 
insight into the key 
concepts, influential minds, 
and the major intellectual 
movements in history — 
with a special emphasis on 


A Reference 

_ for the. . . . 

Rest of Us! 

Alan L. Rubin, M.O. 

multicultural influences 
and the long-neglected 
impact of women on the 
history of ideas. More than 
2,000 cross-references and 
an index of all key terms 
and names enhance the 
versatility of this volume. 

Beth Roy '61 

Roy, a trained sociologist 
and practicing therapist, has 
published several books on 
social conflict. 

Bitters m the Honey: Tales 
of Hope and 
Disappointment across 
Divides of Race and Time 
University of Arkansas 

Drawing on oral histories, 
the author tells the story of 
Little Rock's Central High 
School desegregation, 
September 1957, from a 
fresh angle. Her interviews 
with white alumni of 
Central High investigates 
the reasons behind their 
resistance to desegregation. 
The alumni, now near 
retirement age, tell stories 
of the shaping of white 
identities in the latter half 
of the 20th century, of 
dissatisfaction and even 
anger lingering still after 40 
years — our country has not 
moved beyond matters of 

Alan Rubin '62 

Rubin is a leading national 
expert on diabetes. A 
professional member of the 
American Diabetes 
Association, he has been a 
practicing specialist in 
diabetes and thyroid disease 
for over 25 years. 

Diabetes for Dummies 
IDG Books 

Don't just survive — thrive! 
That's the message of this 
guide to diabetes 
management. From causes, 
symptoms, and side effects 
to treatments, diet, and 
exercise, Rubin helps you 
understand all types of the 
disease and delivers sound 
advice on how to stay fit 
and feel great. The book 
also includes over 40 
delicious recipes from top 

Nancy S. Shapiro '69 

and lodi H. Levine. Shapiro 
is director of the K-16 
Partnership in the Office of 
Academic Affairs, 
University System of 

Creating Learning 
Communities: A Practical 
Guide to Winning Support. 
Organizing for Change, and 
Implementing Programs 
Jossey-Bass Publishers 

Creating Learning 
Communities is a practical 
guide to the essentials of 
this new program area, 
including how to design, 
fund, staff, manage, and 

integrate learning 
communities into different 
campuses. Readers will 
discover a pragmatic 
blueprint for creating a 
learning community that 
can be adapted to almost 
any campus culture — 
including specific guidance 
on who should be on 
planning committees, 
samples of syllabi for 
interdisciplinary courses, 
monthly activity calendars, 
and other operational 
program models. 

Mel Silberman '64 

Silberman is a professor of 
education at Temple 

101 Ways to Make Meetings 
Active: Surefire Ideas to 
Engage Your Group 
Jossey-Bass Publishers 

Get the basics on preparing 
a meeting, engaging 
participants the right away, 
stimulating discussion, 
prompting creative 
problem-solving, managing 
conflict, building 
consensus, creating an 
unforgettable closing, and 
much more. The ideas in 
this book will bring energy 
into business meetings and 

53 Brandeis Review 

lass Notes 


60 40th Reunion 

Information submitted to Cla^s 
Notes will appear no sooner than 
six months after its receipt hy the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations- Due to space 
limitations, we usually are unable 
to print lists of classmates who 
attend each other's weddings or 
other functions. News of 
marriages and births are included 
in separate listings by class. 
Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an inaccurate 
submission is published, the 
Brandeis Review will correct any 
errors in the next possible issue, 
but must disclaim responsibility 
for any damage or loss. 


lune Goldman, Class 
Correspondent, 15 Preston Beach 
Road, Marblehead, MA 0194.5 

Eileen Dorfman Kessler, June 
Goldman, Donald Gordon, Diana 
Laskin Siegel, Julian Koss, Max 
Perlitch, Robert Shapiro, Lynne 
Shoolman Isaacson, Arlyne Stone 
Brunswick, Leonard Van 
Gaasbeek, and Marilyn Weintraub 
Bentov met on campus to discuss 
their 50th Reunion scheduled for 
lune 14-16, 2002. 

55 45th Reunion 

ludith Paull Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 838 N. Doheny 
Drive, #906, Los Angeles, CA 
90069 | 

Herb Bressman is spending the 
winter with his wife in Lake 
Worth, FL, 

ludith Brecher Borakove, Class 
Correspondent, Ten East End 
Avenue, 1-F, New York, NY 10021 


Wynne Wolkenberg Miller, Class 
Correspondent, 14 Larkspur Road, 
Waban, MA 02468 

Beth Cohen Colombe is director 
of the Immunogenetics and 
Tissue Typing Laboratory at 
Thomas Icfferson University 
Hospital in Philadelphia. Rabbi 
David Kline is planning for a 
healthy and productive 

Henry Grossman 

Henry Grossman displayed his 
photographs on campus in the 
Dreitzer Gallery of Spmgold 
Theater in Up Close and 
Personal: Extraordinary 
Portraits — Extraordinary People 
in October 1999. Highlights of the 
showing included photographs of 
Elizabeth Taylor's wedding to 
Richard Burton, The Beatles, 
Eleanor Roosevelt, lohn F. 
Kennedy, Marc Chagall, Ben 
Gurion, and e.e. cummings. 
David White, Ph.D. '65, is a 
professor of microbiology at 
Indiana University and has 
completed the second edition of 
The Physiology and Biochemistry 
of Prokaryotes. He has been 
enjoying time as a "Harley 
Davidson hot-rodder." 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout, Class 
Correspondent, 87 Old Hill Road, 
Westport, CT 06880 

Deanna Perkis Sclar published a 
new edition of the very first 
"...for Dummies" book. Auto 
Repair for Dummies. Deanna 
created the title in 1974 because 
it was the only title she would 
have considered on the subject. In 
1997 she sold the right to publish 
"Dummies" books to IDG Books. 
Currently living in Marina del 
Rey, CA, when she isn't cruising 
the world on small sailboats, 
Deanna has appeared on more 
than 700 national and local radio 
and television shows as an 
automotive expert and consumer 
advocate. Letty Cottin Pogrebin 
was honored at the United States/ 
Israel Women to Women 
organization's annual luncheon as 
an "outspoken advocate for 
women's rights for decades." 

loan Silverman Wallack, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Linden Shores, 
Unit 28, Branford, CT 06405, 

Suzanne Hodes Linschitz had her 

paintings shown at the ludi 
Rotenberg Gallery on Newbury 
Street in Boston in a four month 
show, Cityscapes: Boston and 
New York. Her work was also 
shown at the Joan Whalen Gallery 
in New York City in the solo 
show, Suzanne Hodes's New 
York: Expressionism Redefined. 


ludith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 

Neil Abelson, a member of the 
Brandeis Alumni Admissions 
Council, and his wife celebrated 
their 25th wedding anniversary 
this year. Stan Davis, author, 
public speaker, and consultant, 
completed a tour around the 
world speaking on his most 
recent book, BLUR: The Speed of 
Change m the Connected 
Economy. He has been appointed 
to the publications board of the 
Massachusetts Medical Society, 
publisher of the New England 
Journal of Medicine and the Board 
of Opera America. Noriko 
Kobayashi has taught in an 
undergraduate library science 
diploma program at Musashino 
Women's College in a Tokyo 
suburb for the past 30 years. 

Sicphcn Rose 

Stephen Rose, Ph.D. '70, professor 
of social work at the University of 
New England, received an 
honorary degree from the 
University of Lapland in Finland 
at a special 20th anniversary 
celebration. Rose received the 
degree on recommendation of the 
faculty of social sciences for his 
influence on the development of 
graduate social work in Finland, 
his scholarly works, and his 
contribution to Finnish social 
work practice. He was awarded 
not only a diploma, but also an 
engraved sword and an elegant 

top hat, both adorned with the 
University's unique graphic 
symbol Sheila Kurzrock Taub 
and her husband continue to visit 
their son in Switzerland several 
times a year. 


Ann Leder Sharon, Class 
Correspondent, 13890 Ravenwood 
Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 

Linda Amiel Burns celebrated 23 
years as director of The Singing 
Experience. She was elected 
president of the New York Sheet 
Music Society and remains on the 
board of directors of the 
Manhattan Association of 
Cabarets and Clubs as well as 
Theater Resources Unlimited. 
ludith Glatzer Wechslei is a 
visiting professor at the 
University of Paris and gave the 
inaugural lecture for Musee d'Art 
et d'Histoire Juifs. 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #I6B, New York, NY 

Steven P. Cohen defended his 
doctoral research on business 
ethics at the Henley Management 
College in the United Kingdom. 
Stephen Donadio continues to 
teach American literature and 
comparative literature at 
Middlebury College, and to serve 
as editor of the New England 
Review, a literary quarterly. As he 
has done several times in recent 
years, this past summer he 
directed the Bread Loaf Graduate 
School of English Program at 
Oxford University. 


Shelly A. Wolf, Class 
Correspondent, 1 13 Naudain 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Joan Bines continues to operate 
and enjoy the Golden Ball Tavern 
Museum in Weston, MA, and is 
enjoying the recent birth of her 
granddaughter. Mark Cohen, a 
professor in the Near Eastern 
studies department at Princeton 
University, received an honorary 
doctorate from the Jewish 
Theological Seminary last 

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News Notes 


65 35th Reunion 


Joan Furber KaUtatas, Class 
Correspondent, 3 Brandywyne, 
Wayland, MA, 01778 

Don't forget. ..we are heading mto 
another big Reunion year — our 
35th and the new millennium are 
all happening at the same time. If 
you haven't already done so, 
please share your recent personal 
history by e-mailing or contactmg 
me. I'm looking forward to seemg 
you all. — loan 

Don Lubin received a permit to 
conduct a pteridophyte [vascular 
plants that have roots, stems, and 
leaves but lack flowers or seeds] 
survey of the Wachusett 
Mountam Reservation. 

Mehmie Hovner Cohen 

Melanie Rovncr Cohen, partner 
and chair of Altheimer & Gray's 
institutional lending, workout, 
and insolvency department, began 
serving as Turnaround 
Management Association |TMAI 
president for the 1999-2000 term. 
TMA IS the only national and 
international association 
dedicated to the development of a 
stronger economy through the 
restoration of corporate values. 
Albert Shar traveled to China this 
past spring as part of a National 
Cancer Institute/Chinese 
Academy of Medicine proiect to 
train Chinese physicians on an 
endoscopic technique that he 
developed to accurately measure 
lesions. This same technique is 
used as part of a multisite clinical 
trial based at lohns Hopkins 
University. After 12 years at the 
University of Pennsylvania 
Health System, he is leaving to 
join the Robert Wood [ohnson 
Pharmaceutical Research 
Institute. Ken Zeno was 
appointed director of continuing 
education and alumni services at 
the New England School of 
Acupuncture in Watertown, MA. 

Kenneth E. Davis, Class 
Correspondent, 2S Mary Chilton 
Road, Needham, MA 02492 

Barbara Benjamin Pepper and her 
husband Allan Pepper '64 of 

Scarsdale, NY, hosted fellow 
Westchester County alumni on 
November 7 for a Faculty-in-the- 
Field presentation. 


Anne Reilly Hort, Class 
Correspondent, 4600 Livingston 
Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471-3335 

Elias Baumgarten presented his 
paper "Zionism, Nationalism, and 
Morality" at a philosophy 
colloquium at the American 
University of Beirut in Lebanon. 
A revised version of his paper will 
appear in the upcoming 
anthology, Natiomtlism and 
Ethnic Conflict: Philosophical 
Perspectives, to be published next 
vcar Chuck Goldfarb continues 
to serve on the board of directors 
of the Sexual Minority Youth 
Assistance League, a social 
services agency for gay, lesbian, 
bisexual, and transgender youth. 

Howard D. Schci 

Howard Scher is partner in the 
litigation department of 
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker 
&. Rhoads, LLP where he handles 
complex litigation for business 
clients. He is a member of the 
firm's management committee 
and serves as the firm's strategic 
planning coordinator. 


David Greenwald, Class 
Correspondent, 3655 Aquetong 
Road, Carversville, PA 18913 

Mitch Benoff is on sabbatical 
from Berklee College of Music. 
He is working on a few 
recordings, a 750-foot light 
sculpture for New Year's Eve, 

reading, sitting by the brook near 
his house, and taking some 
classes in order to "be a beginner 
again " Stephen Herman passed 
the psychiatry subspecialty 
examination, is board certified in 
forensic psychiatry, and practices 
in Manhattan and Danbury, CT. 
Larry Miller '69, Ph.D. '80, and 
Sara Lennox report that their son 
Alex was graduated from high 
school m June, appeared as 
Malvolio in Twelfth Night last 
summer, and moved mto East 
Quadrangle this past fall as a 
member of the Brandeis Class of 
2003. Phillip Saperia and his 
partner have purchased a vacation 
home in Rosemont, NJ, near the 
Delaware River. They have 
received a large grant to assist 
mentally ill people obtain |obs in 
the private sector. 


Phoebe Epstein, Class 
Correspondent, 205 West 89th 
Street #10-S, New York, NY 

Lee Jacobson is the principal of a 
management consulting firm that 
specializes in the area of 
corporate branding, identity, and 
communications. He is a 
columnist for the Globe and 
Mail, Canada's national 
"^ wspaper where he writes a 

;.;ular column on strategic 
li-Mgn and marketing. Walter 
Mossberg, personal technology 
columnist for the Wall Street 
fournal, won the 1999 Gerald 
Loeb Award for Commentary. He 
is the first technology writer to 
win this prestigious journalism 
award, which is administered by 
the UCLA Business School. Walt 
was also selected as the most 
influential journalist covering 
technology, for the fifth 
consecutive year, by MC 
magazine. He and his wife Edie 
Marcus Mossberg recently 
celebrated their 30th anniversary 
by taking a Mediterranean cruise 
with their close friends and 
classmates Ira Shapiro and Nancy 
Sherman Shapiro, who were also 
celebrating their 30th 
anniversary. David Pitt finished 
16th in the over-50 foil 
competition at the 23-nation 
World Veterans' Fencing 
Championships in Siofok, 

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usually are unable to print lists 
of classmates who attend each 
other's weddings or other 
functions. News of marriages 
and births are included in 
separate listings by class. 

Hungary. Pitt, captain oi the 
Brandeis 1968-69 fencing team, is 
chief writer at the United Nations 
Children's Fund lUNICEFI in 
New York City. Ellen Schwartz is 
professor of art history at Eastern 
Michigan University. She hves 
with her hushand and two sons in 
Ann Arhor and enjoys travehng, 
Indian cuisine, and gardening. 
Hillel Schwartz is senior fellow at 
the Millennium Institute in 
Arlington, VA, and visiting 
scholar at the University of 
California — San Diego. As an 
independent scholar, he is 
working on public action projects 
in the United States, Canada, and 
South Korea that will lead toward 
a more sustainable world in the 
next century. 

'70 30th Reunion 

Charles S. Eiscnherg, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Ashford Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02159 

Hard as it may be to believe, we 
will celebrate our 30th Reunion 
this year. The dates will be lune 
15-18, 2000, and any one who 
wants to help can contact me at 
617-964-3098 or at — Chuck 

Martha Kanter began her seventh 
year as president of De Anza 
College, one of the largest 
community colleges in the 
country serving more than 40,000 
students annually. She reports 
that she recently saw Larry 
Rosenstock. Jan Katz continues as 
director of Jewish Education 
Services in Rochester, NY, where 
she has served for the past 13 
years. She has been married for 30 
years and has three children. 

Robert Nayer 

Robert Nayer moved from 
Colorado Springs, CO, to 
Portland, OR, to start a new job 
as director of operating and 
capital budgets for Lewis and 
Clark College. This past summer, 
while participating in a training 
seminar in San Francisco on the 

school's financial management 
software, he was thrilled to have 
had the opportunity to attend the 
Alumni Club of Northern 
California's reception and lecture 
by his former professor, Barney 
Schwalherg. Mary Ellen 
O'Connell, M.M.H.S. '86, is in 
York, England, for a 1 0-month 
fellowship as a 1999 Atlantic 
Fellow in Public Policy. She will 
be exploring the United 
Kingdom's response to 
homelessness among single adults 
and exploring the transferability 
of approaches. Detlev Suderow is 
in his third year as vice president 
of human resources for 
Inframetrics, Inc. in BiUerica, 
MA He and Ellen Beth Lande '73 
continue to live in Lexington, 
MA, with their two sons and 
enioy the usual overscheduled life 
of the 1990s. 


Beth Posin Uchill, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malia Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02467 

Steven Berk is the new regional 
dean of the Texas Tech University 
Health Sciences Center, School of 
Medicine in Amarillo, TX. 
Formerly professor and chair of 
the Department of Internal 
Medicine at the lames H. Quillen 
College of Medicine at East 
Tennessee University in Johnson 
City, TN, he was selected from a 
field of three finalists. Leslie 
Keiter Tannenwald, M.A. '76, was 
ordained as a rabbi and is 
currently director of her own 
business, Jewish Life Services, 
officiating at all lifecycle events. 
She is also a justice of the peace 
and a chaplain at several nursing 
homes in the Boston area. Gerald 
McNair was appointed president 
of Oak Tree Health Plan, a 
subsidiary of Health Risk 
Management Inc. in Philadelphia 
in September. Oak Tree Health 
Plan is an HMO that provides 
health care services to Medicaid 
recipients in southeastern 
Pennsylvania as part of the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 
HealthChoices program. McNair 
loins Oak Tree Health Plan from 
his prior position as president and 
chief executive officer of 
CarePartners, LLC, a Medicaid 
HMO based in Baltimore, MD. 
)im Oliff, second vice chair of the 
Chicago Mercantile Exchange, 

hosted the Alumni Club of 
Chicago for its first Downtown 
Lunch Series on October 7, 1999. 
liana Rosanksy loined Temple 
Emmanuel in Wakefield, MA, as 
rabbi in August, Mark Stevens is 
a founding partner in Langsam, 
Stevens and Morris LLP, a law 
firm based in Philadelphia 
specializing in environmental law 
and general commercial law. 


Dan Garfinkel, Class 
Correspondent, 2420 Kings Lane, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Ken Browne was awarded a 1999 
United States International Film 
and Video Festival Certificate for 
Creative Excellence for the )2- 
minute video Nature's Cure — the 
Art of Dr. Albert Grokne>:t shown 
at the Currier Gallery of Art m 
Manchester, NH. Murdock (Doc) 
Gibbs IS in his second year as a 
performer in the Nana Puddin' 
cast in Texas. Michael Green 
attended the wedding of his first 
year roommate, Peter Mine, m 
Boulder, CO. While there, he was 
able to catch up with Peter's 
sister, Madeline Hine Raetz '71 
who lives in Chapel Hill, NC. 
Robert Levin serves on the 
education faculty at Youngstown 
State University and as associate 
editor of the History of Education 
Quarterly. He has worked for five 
years on site-based management 
councils in the Pittsburgh public 
school system as a parent 


Janet Besso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 444 Central Park 
West #3-H, New York, NY 10025 

Gloria Abrams received her 
M.B.A. degree from Emory 
University in May 1996 and 
became a certified public 
accountant in 1999. She is a 
manager in federal tax at Deloitte 
& Touche LLP in Atlanta, GA. 
Alice Bendix Gottlieb, her 
husband Allan Gottlieb '68, Ph.D. 
'73, and their two sttns live in 
Short Hills, NJ. Alice Freund lives 
with her husband and two 
daughters in Montclair, NJ, where 
she works as a health and safety 
advisor to a union that represents 
nursing home and hospital 
workers Michael Hauptman 
hosted 30 alumni at his ottiee on 
October 10 for a very well- 
received Faculty-in-the-Field 
event for the Alumni Club ot 
Philadelphia. Ronnie Levin, 
Environmental Protection Agency 
Region I senior scientist, received 
the Good Housekeeping Award 

for Women in Government for her 
19 years of work "fighting for the 
environment." Rebecca 
Pepkowitz has started her own 
gourmet Kosher food business 
that specializes in upscale meal 
replacements for travelers, 
executives, corporations, etc. 
Lome Prupas was reminded about 
the special friendships he made 
while at Brandeis by a visit from 
Judith Wildman, her husband, and 
three daughters this summer. Lisa 
Tartikoft Rosenthal sold her 
magazine, San Francisco 
Peninsula Parent, to United 
Advertising Publications and has 
been enjoying her time off by 
traveling, playing tennis, reading, 
and is now embarking on a part- 
time career as an editorial 
consultant- She also enjoys her 
volunteer work as a local school 
board member and is president of 
the County School Boards 
Association. Peter Wortsman's 
original play, the working title of 
which is The Tattooed Man Tells 
All, had a staged reading and is in 
pre-production with the Total 
Theatre Lab in New York. The 
play IS loosely based on 
interviews he conducted with 
survivors of Auschwitz 25 years 
ago when he was a Thomas J. 
Watson Foundation Fellow in 
Vienna, Austria. 


Elizabeth Sarason Pfau, Class 
Correspondent, 80 Monadnock 
Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Sandra Boodman, a staff writer for 
The Washington Post's health 
section, has been awarded first 
prize for health and fitness 
writing by the Missouri Lifestyle 
Journalism Awards. The winning 
article detailed the adjustments 
that a prominent obstetrics and 
gynecologv practice was forced to 
make bv the advent of managed 
care. Joseph Kleponis was elected 
president of the Wilmington 
Teachers Association, where he 
has been an English teacher since 
1983. Melinda Milberg opened her 
own law office in Natick, MA, 
concentrating on alternative 
dispute resolution, employment 
law, and estate planning. Sakda 
Prangpatanpon is associate 
professor and chair of the 
educational foundations 
department at Burapha University 
in Thailand. In October, he did 
research on civil society at the 
University ol Tsukaba, Japan. 
Gail Shister participated in a 
panel on "Gay Images on 
Television" at the eighth annual 
convention of the National 
Lesbian and Gay Journalists 
Association in Altanta. Shister is 
past vice president of the 1,300- 

56 Brandeis Review 

member nr,i;dnization and is 
currently a television columnist 
for the Philadelphia Inquirer. 
Roger Weissberg has been chosen 
to receive the Distmguished 
Contributions of Applications of 
Psychology to Education and 
Training Award from the 
American Psychological 
Association in 2000. The award 
acknowledges his contributions 
to psychology through significant 
leadership roles in school-based 
prevention programs with at-risk 
children and adolescents. Diane 
Winston is the author of Red-Hot 
and Righteous: The Urban 
Religion of The Salvation Army. 
Sally Zanger is living in London 
and had a wonderful summer on 
Cape Cod where she was visited 
by Beth Slavet, Phil Benjamin '73 
and Mindy Milberg and their 
sons, and Barbara Alpert '75. 

75 25th Reunion 

Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue, 
#4G, New York, NY 10009 

Barbara Alpert's essay on 
"learning to pump gas in 
Montana at the age of 40" was 
published by Car and Travel, the 
American Automobile 
Association of New York 
magazine. Kenneth Dreyfuss is an 
equity partner at Knox Ricksen 
LLP in California, where he lives 
with his wife and two daughters. 
Michael Steven Greene of 
Gunster, Yoakley, Valdes-Fauli 
and Stewart in Florida was elected 
one of three managing partners of 
the 150-lawyer firm's Governing 
Committee for a three-year 
period. After more than six years 
at Golden Books, Naomi 
Kleinberg is editorial director, 
mass market publishing, for 
Random House Children's 
Publishing. Terrie Williams is 
penning a new book, Please and 
Thank You and Other Life 
Lessons. She recently spoke at 
Brandeis House in New York City 
for a Minority Alumni Network 


Beth Pearlman, Class 
Correspondent, 1773 Diane Road, 
Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Donna Am, director of the 
Center for Global Law and 
Practice at Syracuse University 
College of Law, was awarded a 
grant from the United States 
Justice Department to provide an 
analysis of the criminal trial of 
the Pan Am WS/Lockerbie 
bombing defendants for the 
families of the victims. Her 
multimedia analysis appeared on 

a special web page accessible only 
to the families. Michael 
Bogdanow's dual careers of law 
and art continue to thrive. He is 
in his 15th yeai at the civil 
litigation firm of Meehan, Boyle 
&. Cohen in Boston, and has 
finished the second edition of his 
treatise, Bogdanuw. 
Massachusetts Ton Damages. He 
IS also president of the 
Massachusetts Chapter of the 
Federal Bar Association. He has 
had several exhibits of his art in 
cities throughout New England 
and many of his newest paintings 
are part of his Visions of Torah 
series of works inspired by the 
Torah and other Jewish texts. 
Darrell Hayden, partner at 
USWeb/CKS, is responsible for 
providing naming and verbal 
branding counsel for clients, as 
well as strengthening the 
company's expertise in this area. 
Eve Kaplan is a senior financial 
markets analyst at Standard & 
Poor's in Singapore, where she 
relocated with her family in 1997, 
Debbi Klopman has her own 
practice specializing in 
immigration law in Great Neck, 
NY, where she lives with her 
husband and son. 


Fred Berg, Class Correspondent, 
150 East 83rd Street, Apt. 2C, 
New York, NY 10028 

Larry Cata Backet was appointed 
executive director of the 
University of Tulsa College of 
Law Comparative and 
International Law Center. The 
Center runs programs in Londcm, 
Dublin, Brussels, and Buenos 

Bruce Canter 

Bruce Canter has joined 
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly 
LLP's intellectual property and 
corporate finance group. He is 
focusing his practice in the areas 
of strategic intellectual property 
(IPI planning and licensing, IP m 
the context of mergers and 

acquisitions, and general IP with 
a focus on medical devices and 
technologies. Michael Angelo 
Castellana, M.F.A. '78, lives in 
San Diego, CA, with his partner 
and continues his private 
psychotherapy practice. He is also 
president of the National 
Organization on Male Sexual 
Victimization, working to heal 
the ravages of sexual abuse of 
boys and men. 


Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street, #81, New York, NY 10023 

Mazelle Ablon is thriving in her 
newly completed dream home 
and IS working feverishly in her 
19th year of selling her 
cheesecakes and concoctions in 
Dallas Lisa Binder was graduated 
in lune 1998 from the Washington 
Square Institute for Mental 
Health in New York City with a 
certificate in psychoanalytic 
psychotherapy. She has a private 
practice and works for an 
adoption agency and was recently 
interviewed for Wednesday's 
Child television broadcast, which 
featured an eight-year-old boy in 
need of a permanent adoptive 
family. Tim Feeman coached his 
youngest son's soccer team this 
fall David Goldman, a free-lance 
translator, translates into English 
from French, Spanish, Yiddish, 
Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and 
Portuguese. He especially enjoys 
Jewish genealogy translation, 
since genealogy is also one of his 
own personal interests. Karen 
Hayworth Hainbach and her 
husband celebrated their son's Bar 
Mitzvah in Stamford, CT, as well 
as atop Masada in Israel. Geoffrey 
Kansas is assistant professor in 
the microbiology-immunology 
department at Northwestern 
University Medical School in 
Chicago. He lives with his wife 
and their giant schnauzer in 
Deerfield, IL. Heidi Kaplan is 
living in Houston with her 
husband and their two sons and 
was promoted to associate 
professor of microbiology and 
molecular genetics with tenure at 
the University of Texas Medical 
School in Houston. The company 
David Schneiderman founded, 
Nextec Group, merged with a 
Houston company and continues 
to grow as they provide exciting 
new accounting systems 
consulting to middle market 
companies. He and his wife and 
children live in Los Angeles, CA. 
After 10 years as president of The 
Miriam Hospital Foundation and 
executive director of 
Development Lifespan Health 
Systems in Rhode Island, Myles 

E. Weisenberg returned to 
Brandeis University in fall 1999 
as director of principal gifts and 
planned giving. He, his wife, and 
their daughter live in West 
Roxbury, MA. 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angler Road, 
Lexington, MA 02420 

Ruth Atkin was elected to a seat 
on the City Council of 
Emeryville, CA, in the San 
Francisco Bay Area receiving the 
second highest number of votes, 
Leslie Ferber Gall moved her 
home and home office to 1 1 acres 
in Cumberland Center, ME. She 
celebrated 10 years as owner of 
LCG Marketing, a full-service 
consulting firm specializing in 
marketing physician subspecialty 
practices, many with on-site 
surgical facilities. David Ginsberg 
received the designation of Estate 
Planning Specialist with Morgan 
Stanley Dean Witter in West Palm 
Beach, FL Heidi Libner Littman 
has been working for four years as 
a pediatrician for Fairview 
Medical Group in North Olmsted, 
OH. Her husband, Dan Littman '76, 
IS manager of product 
development at the Federal 
Reserve Bank. Sally Pinkas, 
Ph.D. '91, is an associate 
professor and pianist-in-residence 
at Dartmouth College. Her latest 
double CD, featuring the piano 
music of George Rochberg, was 
released in fall 1999 on the 
Gasparo label. She spent this past 
spring in London leading a 
Dartmouth foreign study program 
in music and performed with her 
husband in the United States and 
in Italy during the summer. 
Jeremy Silverfine has been 
appointed chief of the Special 
Prosecutions Unit for the Suffolk 
County District Attorney's office 
after having spent the last six and 
one half years at the 
Massachusetts Attorney General's 
office (the last two and one half 
years as chief of the public 
integration division]. Betty 
Wytias, assistant attorney general 
for Colorado, was featured in the 
first of a year-long series on 
family violence in the Denver 
Post. She has been appointed to 
the Violence Against Women 
Advisory Board of the National 
Association of Attorney Generals. 

57 Brandeis Review 

'80 20th Reunii 


Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 585 Glen Meadow 
Road, Richboro, PA 18954 

Michael Awkward, professor of 
English at the University of 
Pennsylvania, has been named 
director of the Center for the 
Study of Black Literature and 
Culture. Michael Kahn lives in 
Woodbury, NY, with his wife and 
two children. He is chief 
technical market analyst for 
BndgeNews and can be seen 
regularly on PBS' Nightlv 
Business Report. Alan Lovitz is a 
regional manager at fWG 
Associates, a Boston-based 
advertising agency and has settled 
with his wife in Ashland, MA. 


Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hobart Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02482 

Amiet Goldman has relocated to 
Morns Plains, NJ, where she lives 
with her husband and son. She 
telecommutes from her home for 
IBM's global services division, 
where she is a senior direct 
marketing strategist for database 
and transaction management 
software training in the United 
States. Michael Goldman serves 
as the West Coast senior editor 
for Millimeter magazine, a film 
and television industry trade 
publication. He is also a frequent 
freelance contributor to 
publications such as the LA 
Times, LA Weekly, Daily Variety, 
and several others. Hotze Mulder 
and his wife celebrated their 10th 
anniversary in July. 


Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1007 Euclid Street 
#3, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Beth Kneller and her partner have 
a four-year-old son. She holds an 
M.Ed, from Teachers College/ 
Columbia University. Linda 
Mason is marketing manager at 
Carnegie Hall in New York. 


Lori Berman Cans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale 
Road, Newton, MA 02468 

Spencer Sherman's company, 
Sherman Financial, Inc., of 
Philadelphia was recognized in 
the September issue of Worth 
magazine as one of the top 250 
nationwide financial advisors for 
the second year. 

Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 480 Valley Road 
#B3, Upper Montclair, N| 07043 

Steven Goldstein is campaign 
manager of the 2000 U.S. Senate 
campaign of former Goldman 
Sachs Chair Ion Corzine, a 
Democrat running for the Senate 
from New Jersey. In recent years, 
Goldstein has served as press 
secretary for U.S. Senator Frank 
Lautenberg of New Jersey and 
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer of 
New York. Lewis Krata is a 
pediatrician specializing in 
rheumatology at St. Vincent's 
Hospital and Medical Center in 
Manhattan. Thomas Rose was 
appointed publisher of the 
Jerusalem Post, in May 1998, by 
HoUinger International, Inc. and 
moved with his wife and their 
two sons, to Jerusalem in May 
1999. Randy Sklaver is working 
part-time as a legal English 
instructor in Stockholm, and part- 
time as a textile artist and 
quiltmaker from her home on the 
island of Gotland. 

'85 15th Reunion 

James R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, 26956 Helmond 
Drive, Calabasas, CA 91301 

Michael Gliedman left Viacom to 
become chief information officer 
for the National Basketball 
Association, where he is 
responsible for all technology. 
Michael, his wife Jennifer Bersch 
Gliedman, and their son live in 
Scarsdale, NY. Roslyn Roucher is 
a consultant for a project 
dedicated to education and 
synagogue transformation 
sponsored by Hebrew Union 
College-Jewish Institute of 
Religion m Milwaukee. James 
Shepherd is in a family practice 
residency at the University of 
Massachusetts Medical Center. 
Susan Trotter Nass is a clinical 
psychologist in private practice in 
Arlington, VA. 


Beth Jacobowitz Zive, Class 
Correspondent, 16 Furlong Drive, 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 

Barry Kling is a lead systems 
analyst for Genzyme Corporation. 
Michael Oster launched a private 
equity Internet investment fund. 
Grand Central Holdings, LLC, to 
focus on early stage opportunities 

in New York and the Northeast. 
Stephen Silver was promoted to 
director of estate and planned 
giving at the Harvard University 
Law School, having previously 
been director of the Harvard 
University Law School Fund. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 153 East 57th 
Street, #2G, New York, NY 10022 

Corrin Ferber Abraham left her 
position as managing attorney at 
the Ayuda Domestic Violence 
Clinic in Washington, DC, to 
join the United States 
Department of Justice, Violence 
Against Women Office, as senior 
associate. She, her husband, and 
their twin daughters live in North 
Bethesda, MD. Gustavo Gelpi is 
solicitor general of the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. 
Ellen Gorman-Chestnut is 
practicing law at the United 
States Department of Education/ 
Office for Civil Rights, enforcing 
federal anti-discrimination 
statutes in schools and 
universities. She lives with her 
husband and their two sons in 
Seattle, WA. 


Karen Rubenstein, 2000 
Commonwealth Avenue, #1711, 
Boston, MA 02135 

Leslie Arfine Realander spends 
most of the time with her 
children in Ridgefield, CT, but 
practices law two days a week as 
an appellate specialist for a 
negligence defense firm in White 
Plains, NY. Her husband, Keith 
Realander '87, works for EMC, a 
data storage company, after 
spending many years in network 
engineering/sales at Cabletron 
Systems. Julie Berkowitz Maresca 
was married and Amy Seidman 
Tercatin, Beth Gates, and Stacey 
Richman attended the event. 
Douglas Blecher is living in New 
York City with his wife Jill 
Schnurmachet Blecher '89 and 
their son. He is president and 
owner of Emerald City Media, a 
video and TV production 
company in New York City. His 
partner in the company is 
classmate Paul "G" Goldberg 
Beth Boone is artistic and 
executive director of an arts 
organization called Miami Light 
Project, which produces and 
presents contemporary dance 
music, theater, and 
multidisciplinary projects. Shelly 
Borofsky Grossman is practicing 
family law in the Philadelphia 
suburbs with Ladov &. Bcrnbaum. 

She lives with her husband and 
son in Chester County, PA. 
Mitchell Bard recently completed 
production on the independent 
feature film Mergers and 
Acquisitions, which he wrote, 
produced, and directed. He lives 
in Mineola, NY, with his wife 
Ronna Horwitz-Bard '90, who is 
senior associate at the law firm 
Turley, Redmon 6^ Rosasco, 
where she practices in the areas of 
workers compensation and Social 
Security disability. Neil Bromberg 
recently joined Spriggs & 
HolUngsworth's litigation 
department specializing in 
product liability law. He spoke at 
the D.C. Bar Winter Convention 
on electronic discovery and is a 
member of the litigation section 
steering committee of the DC. 
Bar. Hugh Cooper is a physician 
practicing pediatric and adult 
ophthalmology in central and 
western Massachusetts. 

Christina M. Corsac 

Christina Corsac is an associate 
in the litigation department of 
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker 
& Rhoads, LLP of Philadelphia. 
Kevin Costello has been named a 
partner in the law firm of Lutz 
Levow 61. Costello in Cherry Hill, 
NJ Stephanie Fine Maroun '88, 
M.A. '90, is a stay-at-home 
mother to three children. Her 
older two children are in pre- 
school at the lewish Community 
Center in Peabody, MA. Robyn 
Fried is vice president and 
counsel in the office of general 
counsel at Merrill Lynch where 
she specializes in employment 
law. Beth Gates is working in the 
marketing department of a 
telecommunications company in 
New Jersey where she has trade 
show management as one of her 
responsibilities, which allows her 
the opportunity to travel to major 
cities throughout the United 
States. Rcnee Kvvait Rettig, her 
husband David Rettig '87, and 
their children live in Brooklyn, 
NY, where she was promoted to 

58 Brandeis Review 

vice president of the law 
department at Prudential 
Securities, Naomi Lax is an 
associate director ot planned and 
major gifts at New York 
University Medical Center. Roni 
Leff Kurtz is taking time off from 
her full-time teaching position to 
stay at home with her infant son; 
however, she is working part-time 
as a teaching consultant at 
Brauser Maimomdes Day School 
in Ft. Lauderdale, FL Deborah 
Levenson moved to the 
Washington, D.C., area in 1995 
and writes for AHA News, a 
publication of the American 
Hospital Association. Nancy 
Linden is an attorney for Eagle 
Insurance Company working on 
no-fault and property damage 
defense work Marc Michalsky, 
his wife, and their son live in 
Columbus, OH, where Marc is 
currently doing his fellowship 
training in pediatric general and 
thoracic surgery at the Ohio State 
University. Marc completed his 
general surgery training at the 
University of Medicine and 
Dentistry of New Jersey in June 
1999. Carolyn Rand Ganeles is 
living in West Hartford, CT, with 
her two children and husband. 
She is in private practice at a 
pediatric office. Alan Reinach is 
finishing his pulmonary and 
critical care fellowship. He, his 
wife, and son live in 
Pennsylvania. Deborah Rosen 
Fidel moved to a larger house and 
her two sons keep her very busy. 
She is a substitute teacher in 
Judaic studies and Hebrew at the 
local Solomon Schecter School. 
Jodi Sober is working as an 
account representative at Dan 
Kaufman Graphics in 
Washington, D.C. She has been 
involved at a local New Age 
center creating coffeehouses, 
arranging speakers, and taking 
classes. Amy Seidman Tercatin 
moved to a new home in 
Needham, MA, with her husband. 
She IS a lawyer specializing in 
employment discrimination and 
is also an adjunct professor at 
Endicott College in Beverly, MA, 
where she teaches various 
undergraduate sociology and 
criminal justice courses. After 
completing formal mime training 
at the International Mime 
University in Paris, Gregor 
Snyder has spent the past six 
years touring Europe with a 
Peruvian folk band performing as 
a street musician/mime. Todd 
Soloway was made a partner in 
the New York City law firm of 
Rosenberg & Estis, O.C. where he 
specializes in real estate 
litigation. He resides in 
Manhattan with his wife Andrea 
Molod Soloway and their two 

children. Colette Resnik Steel 

practices criminal defense law 
with her husband in Atlanta. 
Fredrica Strunipf lives in 
Scottsdale, AZ, where she is in 
her second year of law school. She 
volunteers at nursing homes and 
in a legal capacity at homeless 
shelters Patti Sluckler Lubin is 
working part-time as a lawyer at 
Davis Polk i< Wardwell in New 
York. Greg Zuckerman lives in 
Manhattan with his wife and son 
and is a reporter for the Wall 
Street fournal covering the 
financial markets. Steven Zweibel 
finished his training in cardiology 
and cardiac eletrophysiology at 
Montefiore Medical Center in 
New York and joined a cardiac 
electrophysiology private practice 
at Lenox Hill Hospital m New 
York City. His wife Beth 
Fleischman Zweibel is spending 
her time currently as a full-time 
mother, caring for their very 
active 3-year-old son. 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Morrill Street, 
Newton, MA 02465 

Miles Crakow and his partner 
have moved into an old Spanish 
house m Los Angeles where they 
have been spending time fixing it 
up, gardening, and playing with 
their dogs. He continues to work 
in syndicated television 
marketing for Disney. Stephanie 
Gruber Ripps honeymooned in 
the Baltic and is living and 
working m Rockland County, NY. 
Gail Oxfeld Kanef moved to Short 
Hills, NJ, and found that Hillary 
Potter LaChance was literally her 
new neighbor. Susan Markens has 
joined the faculty of the sociology 
department as a post-doctoral 
fellow at Brandeis University. 
Mary Plummer has taken on a 
position with the London School 
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
in Tanzania, in which she 
coordinates behavioral research 
for a large HIV/AIDS intervention 
project with adolescents, while 
simultaneously pursuing her 
Ph.D. degree long distance 
through London. Lori Raff Harris 
IS practicing health care law at 
the Boston firm of Hutchins 
Wheeler and Dittmar. Alyssa 
Sanders is president of the 
Alumni Club of Houston and 
hosted Professor Stephen J. 
Whitfield, Ph.D. '72, at a brunch 

at the home of Maxine 
Dachslager Goodman '87 with the 
help of David Bell '71 and 
Mazelle Ablon '78, who provided 
her famous cheesecake samplers 
from her company, Mazelle's 
Cheesecakes. Lisette Sarfaty is 
working on her master's degree in 
food service management at 
Michigan State University. 

'90 10th Reunion 

Judith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Augusta Court, 
New City, NY 10956 

Bari Barton Cooper is an attorney 
in Rockville, MD, for Gavett and 
Datt, P.C. Her husband Jason 
Cooper '91 is a family physician 
for Herndon Family Practice in 
Herndon, VA. Hillel Cooperman 
IS lead program manager on the 
Windows User Experience team at 
Microsoft, in Redmond, WA. 
Sumana Dixit Radhakrishnan is a 
lournalist for Business World, a 
fortnightly business and 
economic magazine in Bombay. 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1740 Liberty 
Street, #8, El Cerrito, CA 94530 

Eileen Abt is an environmental 
researcher at the National 
Academy of Sciences. Jeremy 
Asnes is chief resident in 
pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical 
Center in New York City. 
Matthew Bank is completing his 
chief residency in surgery at the 
Long Island Jewish Medical 
Center. He plans to complete a 
fellowship in trauma surgery and 
pursue a career in academic 
medicine Michelle Bates is a 
photographer working out of her 
home m Washington state with a 
focus on fine art, commercial, and 
editorial work. She has displayed 
her photographs around the 
country and Israel. She also works 
part-time as visual arts 
coordinator of the Blue Heron 
Gallery, part of Vashon Allied 
Arts, a nonprofit community arts 
center where she coordinates 
gallery shows. Lisa Fybush is a 
public relations and advertising 
manager with Genesee County 
Village and Museum in New 
York. Julie Hoffman Marshall 
competed m the XI World Tae 
Kwon Do Championships in 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, making 
it to the quarterfinals. She 
finished six out of 23 in the 
microweight division, a spot she 
earned by finishing first at 
Nationals in Texas this spring. 
She is also a member of the U.S. 
Women's team and won the 
bronze medal in power breaking 

(breaking wooden boards with 
various kicks). Julie reaches tae 
kwon do in Boulder, CO, m 
addition to her work as a 
newspaper editorial writer. 
Bethany Joseph is promotions 
coordinator with Guinness Bass 
Import Louis Kalikow is a 
visiting professor of mathematics 
at the College of the Holy Cross 
in Worcester, MA, and lives in 
Framingham, MA, with his wife. 
Alvin Marcovici is a neurosurgery 
resident at Beth Israel Hospital in 
Manhattan and his wife Andrea 
Pass is on hiatus from working as 
an actuary to care for their new 
child Rachel Remler was 
graduated with a M.P.H. degree in 
epidemiology from the University 
of Washington. She is a statistical 
research associate at the Fred 
Hutchinson Cancer Research 
Center in Seattle. Miles Roeder 
practices law with the 
Immigration Group of Cooley 
Godward LLP in San Francisco. 
Scott Schneirer is working in the 
music business and taking 
courses for his MBA. at New 
York University. Susie Spodek 
received a master's degree in 
international affairs from the 
School of International and Public 
Affairs and a master's degree in 
international education from 
Teachers College/Columbia 
University. She is a program 
manager at the Institute of 
International Education. Her 
husband Michael Turner '90 
received his D.D.S. degree from 
the University of Maryland and 
his M.D. from the State 
University of New York, Stony 
Brook. He is currently in his fifth 
year of a six-year residency 
program in oral and maxillofacial 
surgery. They live in New York. 
Jeff Stein completed his M.B.A. at 
New York University and is 
working in securities in 
Manhattan. Randi Sumner and 
her partner have celebrated their 
six-year anniversary. 

59 Brandeis Review 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 69 Highlands 
Avenue, Sprmgfield, NI 07081 

Bill Burton is a 

telecommunications law attorney 
who recently returned from a 
great Hawaiian honeymoon. 
Michelle Learned is beginning her 
second and hnal year of a federal 
judicial clerkship at the Eastern 
District of New York courthouse. 
Prior to her clerkship, she was a 
special assistant attorney general 
for the narcotics division of the 
Massachusetts attorney general's 
office. Robert Lebowitz is a 
principal m an Internet start-up,, that he hopes will 
change the way that consumers 
shop, by providing discount goods 
to groups of buyers. William 
Olson's paintings were shown at 
his latest exhibit, Landscapes/ 
Seascapes, which was online at 
the Kenilworth Art Showcase 
during September 1999. Jennifer 
Rogin IS living in Manhattan and 
working as a special events 
manager at The Jewish Museum. 
Inci Tonguch is an honors law 
clerk at the Air Force Court of 
Criminal Appeals in Washington, 


Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1 Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

David Hilton works as an 
information technology 
consultant for 

PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New 
York City. He lives in Brooklyn 
with his wife and their son. 
Sharon Laves Wenger was 
graduated from City College with 
a master's degree in math 
education this June and is 
teaching math at Aviation High 
School in Queens, NY. Sydra 
IWallery works for an educational 
nonprofit organization, teaching 

parents in Queens and Brooklyn, 
NY, to volunteer as tutors in their 
children's public schools. She is 
pursuing a master's degree at 
Hunter College in elementary 
education. Elana Rivel is director 
of programming at the 
Pennsylvania State University 
Hillel Foundation and resides in 
Happy Valley, PA. Melissa Pulaski 
was promoted to senior corporate 
trainer at EquiServe, a financial 
services firm. Michael Ruth 
moved to San Francisco with his 
partner and is working in the 
energy analysis division at 
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 
looking at industrial technologies 
and making international 
comparisons of industrial energy 
efficiency. Melissa Saunders Katz 
has moved to Belgium with her 
husband to manage international 
public relations for Janssen 
Pharmaceuticals, a division of 
Johnson & Johnson. Erica Schultz 
IS electronic publishing 
coordinator at The MIT Press 
production department. 


Sandy Kirschen Solof, Class 
Correspondent, 1906McIntyre 
Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 4S105 

Ardra Weber Belitz works at the 
emerging markets fixed income 
trading desk at Lazard Asset 
Management m New York. 
Matthew Goldberg is a biology 
teacher at Waltham High School. 
Stacey Bleaman Hammer is an 
associate at the law offices of 
Frederick J. Brynn in Washington, 
D.C, where she practices civil 
litigation. Her husband, Alex 
Hammer, is working m the Asia 
and Pacific department of the 
International Monetary Fund, and 
is also a second-year student at 
Johns Hopkins School of 
Advanced International Studies, 
pursuing his master's degree in 
international economics. Lauren 
E. Dardick is a first-year M.B.A. 
student at the Yale School of 
Management. Rob Hughes co- 
established a technology resource 
Web site, Rafi Levavy 
is stage manager of To KiU a 
Mockingbird at Northern Stage in 
White River Junction, VT, having 
recently worked at Berkshire 
Theater Festival, Tony and Tina's 
Wedding, Stop Kiss at the New 
York Shakespeare Festival, and at 
Lincoln Center Theater Director's 
Lab. Rachel Richter was 
promoted to director of the Young 
Leadership Division of the Jewish 
Federation of Greater Phoenix. 
Michelle Shefter is serving as a 

Peace Corps volunteer in Eforie 
Nord, Romania, where she is 
teaching English and Web site 
design to junior high and high 
school students. Debra Silverman 
is a senior quality and training 
analyst at Horizon Blue Cross 
Blue Shield of New Jersey and 
resides in New York City, 

95 5th Reunion 

Suzanne Lavm, Class 
Correspondent, 160 Bleecker 
Street, #4, New York, NY 10012 

Jaymee Alpert completed a 
master's degree in Jewish 
education at Hebrew College in 
Brookline, MA. She is currently a 
second year rabbinical student at 
the Jewish Theological Seminary. 
Booth Daniels is an actor in New 
York, Sarah Fine has moved to 
Israel for the year where she has 
had the recent opportunity to 
backpack across Southeast Asia 
and South America. Amy 
Lieberman is back as the 
consumer products and licensing 
executive in the marketing 
department of the American 
Society for the Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals, after having 
traveled and volunteered in 
France and Italy for two months. 
Wendy Morris moved to Boston 
and IS working for a Federal Court 
Judge at the United States Court 
of Appeals for the First Circuit. 


Janet J. Lipman, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 
ilipman@accessl net 

Babar Ahmed is based in Karachi, 
Pakistan, teaching economics. 
Andrew Albert is pursuing a loint 
M.D./M.P.H. degree at George 
Washington School of Medicine 
in Washington, D.C. He is also 
researching the newest insulin 
drug, Lispro. Elaine Baron is a 
third-year student at the 
University of Connecticut School 
of Dental Medicine. Brian Brewer 
was promoted to manager of 
communications and planned 
giving coordinator at the Cancer 
Research Institute of New York 

City. He also has been elected to 
serve as secretary of the board of 
directors of Genesis Repertory 
Ensemble, a newly formed 40- 
member repertory company that 
will produce 15 shows this season 
on the Upper East Side. Allegra 
Dahan received a master's degree 
in elementary education from 
Teachers College, Columbia 
University and is teaching fourth 
grade at Portland Jewish Academy 
in Oregon. Josh Deutsch is a third 
year student at Stanford 
University Law School. He spent 
the summer working for Gibson, 
Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los 
Angeles where his focus was on 
intellectual property and 
entertainment litigation. Melissa 
Dion was graduated from 
Teachers College, Columbia 
University with a master's degree 
in student personnel 
administration and is director of 
programming for Hillel at Rutgers 
University in New Jersey. Nancy 
Fishman received her master's 
degree in East Asian studies at 
George Washington University 
last year. She is an analyst in the 
industrial research department of 
Sanwa Bank. Brett Garver was 
graduated from Georgetown 
University Law Center and is an 
associate at the law firm of 
Rosenman and Colin in New 
York Nathaniel Goldberg has 
completed his master's degree in 
philosophy at Tufts University 
and is working toward his Ph.D. 
at Georgetown University. Rachel 
Hanig is completing her master's 
degree at the London School of 
Economics and Political Science. 
Megan Healy has moved to 
Acton, MA, and is renovating an 
1860 Victorian home. Laura-Nell 
Hodo completed her Master of 
Science degree in history of 
medicine at Oxford University 
and IS in her first year at Harvard 
University Medical School. Julia 
Kahn was promoted to account 
executive at Manning, Selvage &. 
Lee, a public relations firm in Los 
Angeles. Revital "Tali" Kastner 
was accepted to Tufts University 
Veterinary School as a member of 
the Class of 2003. Alexis Kulick 
is in her fourth year of a doctoral 
program in clinical psychology at 
Bowling Green State University. 
She received her master's degree 
m May and is working on an 
alcohol prevention program for 
undergraduates for her 

60 Brandeis Revi 


dissertation. She volunteers at a 
community mental health 
institute and received the Donald 
Leventhal Memorial Award for 
excellence in clinical psychology 
and research. Marc Levine is a 
sales executive at Lewtan 
Technologies in Waltham. Janet 
Lipman received her master's 
degree in clinical psychology and 
is pursuing her doctorate degree 
while working at a crisis house 
with short-term in-patient 
clients. Jennifer Matthews is a 
second-year MB. A, student at the 
Robert H. Smith School of 
Business at the University of 
Maryland — College Park where 
she is concentrating in marketing 
and in international business. 
Alan Mitrani has been working at 
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as 
an associate in their equities 
research department for more 
than three years focusing on 
environmental services, 
engineering and construction, and 
industrial services companies. 
Josh Pines received a graduate 
assistantship to the University of 
Miami School of Business, where 
he is pursuing an MB. A, degree in 
International Business. Olga 
Rodstein is in her third year at 
University of California — 
Berkeley Law School, She worked 
at Heller Ehrman White & 
McAuliffe in the Silicon Valley 
this summer. Avi Rosenblatt was 
promoted to licensing manager 
for the Harley-Davidson, 
Hummer, Seventeen Magazine. 
and Modern Bride accounts at 
The Beanstalk Group. Lisa Beth 
Schreider was graduated from the 
Boston University College of 
Communication with a master's 
degree with distinction in 
corporate public relations. She is 
a public relations assistant at 
Linx Communications, Inc., a 
telecommunications service 
provider in Newton, MA. Lisa 
Sherrod is in her second year at 
University of California — 
Hastings and hopes to practice 
biotechnology law, as she has 
spent the intervening two years as 
a genetic research scientist. 
Victoria Schaffer was graduated 
from Chicago-Kent College of 
Law in May Julie Silverstein 
received the Student Service 
Award at her Albany Law School 
graduation in May, for her 
commitment to the student body. 
She toured Ireland and Scotland 
after graduation Mia Stillman 
was graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania with a 

master's degree in social work and 
IS a therapist in Philadelphia in a 
psychiatric hospital on a dual 
diagnosis ward, for mentally ill 
and substance abusing 
individuals. Matthew Tilem is a 
fourth year student at Tufts 
University Medical School and is 
considering a specialty in 
neurology. Erika Torres is 
program coordinator for the Open 
Society Institute in New York 
City Serena Watnick-Madar is in 
her first year at the New England 
School of Law, Russell Wetanson 
was graduated from University of 
California — Los Angeles Law 
School and is working at Irell & 
Manella in Los Angeles. Sara 
Winkleman Greene was graduated 
from Hebrew Union College with 
a master's degree of arts in Jewish 
communal service and from the 
University of Southern California 
with a master's degree in social 
work. She is the [ewish education 
coordinator at the Sephardic 
Community Center of Brooklyn, 
NY. Her husband, Avi Greene is a 
student at Yeshiva University 
where he is working towards his 
rabbinical ordination and an 
Ed.D. in administration. 


Joshua Firstenberg, Co-class 
Correspondent, 96 29th Street, #2, 
San Francisco, CA. 94110 

Pegah Schiffman, Co-class 
Correspondent, 7 Commonwealth 
Court, #8 Brighton, MA 02135 

Michael Douma is in the Web 
exhibits business, has his own 
company, Michael Douma 
Productions, and created a few of 
the exhibits indexed at 
www,, a site 
picked by Yahoo! twice in recent 
months as its Daily Pick. This 
citation meant an extra 6,000 
visitors on the day Yahoo! 
mentioned the site. Leigh Graham 
is a first-year M.B.A. candidate at 
the Stern School of Business at 
New York University. Jennifer 
Gutmaker is editorial coordinator 
for an Internet-based medical 
education company, MedCases, 
Inc. She is responsible for 
coordinating the multilevel 
authoring and editing process 
from case concept to creation, 
recommending appropriate cases 
for publication, and creating/ 

editing the global Web site 
content. Also, The European 
Royal History journal published 
her article, Testament to an Age: 
The Influence of Faberge m the 
Russian Imperial Court in their 
April/May 1999 issue. Joel Pinto 
has returned to Boston after living 
and working in Istanbul for two 
years. Jonathan Sambur is a third 
year student at the Hotstra 
University School of Law. His 
article, "Are consensual 
relationship agreements a 
possible solution to sexual 
harassment in the workplace?" 
was published in the volume 17.1 
of the Hofstra University Labor 
and Employment Law fournal. 
Bram Weber accepted an offer to 
loin the law firm of Camhy 
Karlinksy in Stein LLP as an 


Adam M. Greenwald, Co-class 
Correspondent, Brandeis 
University, Office of Alumni 
Relations, Mailstop 124, 
Waltham, MA 02454 

Alexis Hirst, Co-class 
Correspondent, 502 East 79th 
Street, #5D, New York, NY 10021 

Jaime Robert Carrillo is an actor 
in Washington, D.C, and 
executive assistant at 
Independent Sector, Samantha 
Elster Ratner is attending the 
SchoU College of Podiatnc 
Medicine. Her husband. Josh 
Ratner '99 is attending the 
University of Chicago Law 
School. Megan Fennessy is a 
library assistant in an investment 
management company in Boston 
and is pursuing a master's degree 
of library and information science 
part-time at Simmons College. 
Andrew Guillen is attending 
George Washington University in 
Washington, D.C, where he is 
working toward a master's degree. 
Drew Morris has begun first-year 
studies at The Dickenson School 
of Law at Pennsylvania State 
University. John Serra is an 
ophthalmic technician in 
Connecticut and a part-time 
emergency medical technician. 
He is applying to medical schools 
throughout the Northeast, Joy 
Sisisky is in her second year in a 
double master's degree program in 
Jewish communal service and 
public administration at Hebrew 
Union College and the University 
of Southern California. 

David Nurenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 282 Willis 
Avenue, Medford, MA 02115 

Esther Adier is working in the 
contemporary art department of 
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 
Annelies Goger is 
communications coordinator with 
Alternatives for Community and 
Environment, an environmental 
justice organization based in 
Roxbury, MA. Joshua Israel is at 
the Democratic Congressional 
Campaign Committee in 
Washington, DC. Wendy Koff is 
the Web curriculum specialist at 
Simmons College where she 
assists faculty members in 
implementing technology in their 
classrooms. Anna Margulis is 
living in Waltham and working at 
a computer company. Stacey 
Sherman is administrative 
assistant for the American lewish 
Congress office m Washington, 
DC, Tara Wasserman received a 
graduate fellowship to Wayne 
State University in Detroit for 
theater management. 


Peter Bokat '54 died on June 16, 
1999, of a rare form of cancer. 
Arthur Pepine '58, a long-time 
human rights and disability rights 
activist, died at home on 
October 7, 1999. He is survived 
by his wife, stepson, brother, 
sister, nieces, and nephews. He 
served for many years in the 
financial aid office and as 
assistant to the dean at the Yale 
School of Drama. He also received 
the Brandeis University Sanctity 
of Life Award presented by the 
chaplaincy office at the 
Baccalaureate service during 
Commencement weekend. Frank 
H. Patterson '75 died at age 46 
after a difficult struggle with 
cancer. He is survived by his 
mother, wife, and two daughters. 

61 Brandeis Review 


Births and Adoptions 

Class Name 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 













Jeffrey Rahn to Leslie Kei 

Alan Lovitz to Rachel McGillivray 

Mark Matulef to Dolores Ann Acquista 

Amiet Goldman to Colin Kahn 

Michael Goldman to Ban Berger 

Linda Mason to Sean Ross 

Linda Scherzer to Ronen Mikay 

Serra Z. Yavuz to [oseph R. Sahid 

Stephen Quintana to Mary Bouchard-Jones 

Lewis Krata to Jill Kreuter 

Randy Sklaver to B)orn Mascher 

Susan Trotter to Stephen D. Nass 

Betsy Arnold to Malcolm Turk 

Deborah R. Gordon to Mark F Bernstein 

Fulie Berkowitz to Giulio Maresca 

Susan Leigh Fellman to Isaac Witkowski 

Robyn Fried to David Radulescu 

Stephanie Gruber to Jonathan Ripps 

Nancy Sender to Kevin Linden 

Greg Zuckerman to Michelle Blugrind 

Staci Bockstein to Steven Frankowitz 

Hillel Cooperman to Debra Weissman 

Monique Moyse to Randy Susskind 

Michael Pollard to Naomi Lampert 

Neil Steinhardt to Lisa Sussman 

Eileen Abt to James Lobsenz 

Jeremy Asnes to Andrea Gottsegen 

Stephanie T. Gillman to 

Michael J. Doyle 11 

Louis Kalikow to Aurora Mendelsohn 

Rachel Remler to Tim Rands 

David Sitzman to Lisa Accortt 

Susannah R. Spodek to 

Michael D. Turner '90 

Bill Burton to Deborah Autor 

David Epstein to Liana Phillips 

Debra Mandel to Ezra Johnson 

Jennifer Rogin to Bruce Wailis 

Inci Tonguch to Britton Murray 

Marika Dy Alzadon to Samuel Allen Cole 

Michael Bruckheim to Meredith Torres 

Lettitia D. Cureton to 

Reginald W. Passley, Jr. 

Catherine Decter to Edward Sim 

Matthew Karlovsky to Lisa Graff 

Gregory "Lou" Marks to Denise Paul 

Aniko Bezur to Carl William Atlee 

Stacey Bleaman tii Alex Hammer '95 

Matthew Goldberg to Melissa Fleming 

Amy Kusel, M.A. '94 to Steven Epner 

Sandra Nessim to Saul Rosenthal 

Maxine Pressler to Paul Teller 

Ari Zacepitzky to Emily Pick, M.A. '97 

Jaymee Alpert to Joel Levenson 

Richard Benton to HoUie Tiegs 

Chris Schneider to Tara L. Adams 

Babar Ahmed to Madeeha Usmani 

Marc Levine to Meri Aschner 

April 12, 1998 


Mark Blumenthal 

liana Yael 

March 5, 1999 

July 18, 1999 


Sally Zanger 

Maya Lee Zanger-Nadis 

May 15, 1998 

July 10, 1999 


Jeffrey Rahn 


July 7, 1999 

August 16, 1998 


Amiet Goldman 

Eric Daniel Kahn 

September 7, 1999 

June 27, 1999 

Hotze Mulder 

Heleen (Elena 

August 17, 1999 

September 5, 1999 

Marijke Luisa) 

May 23, 1999 


Edwin Andrews 

Joshua Manuel 

February 12, 1999 

August 8, 1999 

Dena Bach Elovitz 

Jesse Joseph 

June 16, 1992 

October 18, 1997 

Noah Samuel 

March 21, 1996 

November 13, 1999 

Nadav Lev 

October 15, 1998 

November 14, 1996 

Ross Han 

October 15, 1998 

November 16, 1996 

Alan Friedman 

Ethan Wesley 

September 29, 1999 

June 27, 1999 


Gary Cohen 

Michaela Drew 

December 6, 1998 

March 27, 1999 


Lori Glashofer 

Tomer Yaacov Bendayan June 9, 1998 

August 14, 1999 

Douglas Monasebian 

Lisa Diana 

October 7, 1999 

December 27, 1998 

Eileen Weicher Dershowitz 

Matthew Ross 

January 3, 1996 

April 17, 1999 

and Steven Dershowitz '86 

Ban Melissa 

August 20, 1999 

August 1, 1999 


Jim Felton 

Daniel Louis 

September 16, 1999 

September 6, 1998 


Joshua Alexander 

Benjamin James 

Apnl 21, 1999 

March 17, 1996 

Francine Ferrari Rothkopf 

Samuel Louis 

June 9, 1999 

Augusts, 1999 

Barry Kling 

Benjamin Alexander 

February 17, 1999 

August 29, 1999 


Corrin Ferber Abraham 

Isabella Sara 

November 18, 1998 

September 7, 1997 

Alexander Philip 

June 6, 1999 

Rina Glatzer Glickman 

Abbie Anne 

October 12, 1999 

August 8, 1999 

Gary Golden 

Elliott Fisher 

April 18, 1999 

August 22, 1999 

Alyssa McCulloch Feiges and 

Duncan McLeod 

February 18, 1998 

November 7, 1999 

Adam Feiges 

October 23, 1999 

Melinda McLaughlin 

Patrick Charles 

February 22, 1999 

Linda R. Nathan 

Scott Nathan Rosen 

August 16, 1999 

August 11, 1996 


Leslie Arline Realander and 

Julia Lindsay 

April 23, 1999 

August 21, 1999 

Keith Realander '87 

July 25, 1999 

Jana (Beall) Segal, M.F.A. '88, 

Jeremy Jacob 

July 8, 1999 

October 10, 1999 

and Scott Segal '87 

Shelly Borofsky Grossman 

Benjamin Adam 

August 22, 1998 

Septembers, 1999 

Helene Dechter-Rothman 

Alexandra Rachel 

January 20, 1999 

June 14, 1998 

Ileen Epstein Hattem 

Sophia Rasel 

May 14, 1999 

July 3, 1999 

Debbie Ginsburg and 

Jesse G. 

March 10, 1999 

May 30, 1999 

Barry Kolodkin 

July 10, 1999 

Jodi Grobman Brunsvold 

Brett Alexander 

May 24, 1999 

October 2, 1999 

Esther Harris Yankowitz 

Hannah Yetta 

October 6, 1998 

October 16, 1999 

Belinda Krifcher Lehman 

Dahlia Eve 

February 22, 1999 

August 27, 1999 

Renee Kwait Rettig and 
David Rettig '87 

Max Steven 

July 8, 1999 

October 30, 1999 

Roni Leff Kurtz 

Aaron Meir 

July 7, 1999 

August 29, 1999 

Naomi Lax 

Dahlia Sarah Katz 

May 5, 1999 

August 7, 1999 

Carolyn Rand Ganeles 

Simon Moss 

December 16, 1998 

August 28, 1999 

Colette Resnik Steel 

Ban Samantha 

August 3, 1999 

May 30, 1999 

David Salomons 


November 11, 1998 

August 22, 1999 


Novembers, 1999 

Karen Seaton Hyams 

Miles Hunter 

October 5, 1999 

September 26, 1999 

Patti Stuckler Lubin 

Gillian Sara 

April 3, 1998 

July 24, 1999 

Maggie Zaitas Rubin and 

Isabella Grace 

March 3, 1999 

Septembers, 1999 

Ian Rubin 

October 10, 1999 

Greg Zuckerman 

Gabriel Benjamin 

October 14, 1998 

July 25, 1999 

June 27, 1998 

February 20, 1999 

October 3, 1999 

62 Brandeis Review 


Jana (Beall) Segal (M.F.A. '88| had 
her comic short The Bath-a-hohc 
screened at the Arizona 
International Film Festival this 
year. Her screenplay Walking 
With Grace received a staged 

Daiia Donnelly 

Daria Donnelly (M.A. '87, 
English, Ph.D. '91, English], 
consulting editor and children's 
book reviewer for 
Commonwealth magazine, spoke 
on "Reading for Values" at a 
special family Cambridge Forum 
and Holiday Book Fair in 
November in Harvard Square. 
Donnelly is a Cambridge, MA, 
resident who was an assistant 
professor of English at Boston 
University and has written widely 
and given numerous conference 
presentations. Amy Kusel (M.A. '94, 
psychology! is a clinical 
psychologist at Practical Recovery 
Services, an addiction treatment 

center in La JoUa, CA, and at the 
Center for Eating and Weight 
Disorders in San Diego, CA, Carl 
Ledbetter |M.A. '75, mathematics) 
was appointed senior vice 
president of business and 
corporate development of Novell, 
Inc. He assumes responsibility for 
the company's directory-based 
business strategies, including 
software architecture, strategic 
partnerships, and technology 
evangelism. Jane Lilienfeld 
Ph.D. '75, EnglishI spent the fall 
semester in Boston for the 
preliminary research on her third 
book about how women tell 
stories. While in the Northeast, 
she discussed her book Reading 
Alcoholisms at New Words 
Bookstore in Cambridge, MA, 
Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ, 
and the College of the Holy Cross 
in Worcester, MA. Lilienfeld is an 
associate professor of English at 
Lincoln University in fefferson 
City, MO. Jack Sasson (M.A. '65, 
classical and oriental studies, 
Ph.D. '66, classical and oriental 
studies) retired as the Kenan 
Professor of Religious Studies at 
the University of North Carolina 
at Chapel Hill and accepted a 
position as the Mary Jane 
Werthan Professor of Judaic and 
Bible Studies at Vanderbilt 

Births and Adoptions 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 


1989 Lisa Askenazy Felix 
Michael Freeman 
Nomi Krim Edwards 
Gail Oxfeld Kanef 
Hillary Potter LaChance 

Lori Raff Harris 
Ellen Scumaci Swartz 

Bronte Ward Abraham 

1990 Bari Barton Cooper and 
Jason A. Cooper '91 
Ron Judenberg 

Judy Cashman iVlagram 
Monique Moyse 
Hilary Shein Rothman 
Michele Siegal Brooks 

1991 Emily Kaplan and 
Andrew Kopp '89 
Dana Matloff Levy and 
Brendan Levy '90 
Andrea Pass 

and Alvin Marcovici 
Jonathan Shapiro 

1992 Lora Eliachar Tarlin, M.A. 
David Epstein 

Monica Goryn Alpert 

Max David 
Rachel Leigh 
Molly Anne 
Daniel Spencer 
Nicole Ashley 
Rachel Madeline 
Benjamin John 
Jordan Elliot 
Micah Aaron 
Seth Barton 

Jeannette Lee 

Shira Isabel 


Arielle Sarah 

Eli Daniel 

Hannah Rose Kaplan 

Zachary Harris 


Deanna May Schemmel 
92 Max Ehachar Tarlin 
Levi Yitzchak 
Abigail Jordan 
Emily Raquel 

August 29, 1999 
August 13, 1999 
September 24, 1999 
March 1, 1999 
May 13, 1998 
May 16, 1996 
July 16, 1999 
October 13, 1999 
Julys, 1996 
August 31, 1999 
March 25, 1999 

July 19, 1999 
December I, 1999 
September 9, 1999 
January I, 1999 
April 17, 1999 
November 4, 1999 

March 19, 1999 

August 27, 1999 

April 30, 1999 
September 27, 1999 
June 30, 1999 
June 26, 1999 

Deborah Raider Notis and 

Joseph Adam 

February 26, 1999 

James Notis '91 

Ellen Rappaport Tanowitz 

Alexander Meyer 

March 26, 1999 

and Charles Tanowitz 

Inci Tonguch 

Britton Murray 

July 10, 1999 


Elana Rivel 

Max Rivel Halperin 

July 20, 1999 


Cheryl Kaplan Stehle 


August 19, 1999 

Ardra Weber Belitz 

Yoel Meir 

March 1, 1997 


Chris Schneider 

Jackson James Adams 

May 7, 1997 


Abbi Friedman Perets 

Lior Zoe 

Iune25, 1999 

Joy Goldstein Beigelman 

Alexander Isaac 

September 27, 1999 

and Eugene Beigelman 

63 Brandeis Review 

Annual Fund 

Scholars Program 

Rising costs have altered 
need-blind admissions at many 
other top colleges and universities. 
However, admission to Brandeis 
remains — and v^^ill remain — based 
on talent, regardless of ability to 
pay. No aspect of the University's 
commitment to social justice is 
more profound and the Annual 
Fund now offers a way to 
contribute to this cause. 

The Brandeis University Annual 
Fund Scholars Program is a new 
and unique opportunity to be 
directly involved in the education 
of a Brandeis student. Previously, 
donors could establish a 
scholarship only by means of an 
endowed fund. Now, through the 
Brandeis Annual Fund Scholars 
Program, donors may provide 
direct scholarship assistance for 
current students. 

Program Highlights 

This program will enable donors to 
form bonds with some of the 
country's most talented and 
promising students — and to make a 
difference in their lives as they 
complete their undergraduate 
educational experience. 

A donor may support a Brandeis 
Annual Fund Student Scholar with 
an annual gift of $15,000. This 
funding will provide a one-year 
scholarship to be awarded to a 
promising and talented student 
with financial need. 

Gifts in support of the Brandeis 
University Annual Fund Scholars 
Program will receive full credit 
toward the Annual Fund, 
benefiting Class and Reunion 
totals; will entitle the donor to 
membership in the Justice Brandeis 
Society; and will be appropriately 
recognized in the Report on 
Annual Giving published yearly. 

Donors will be invited to meet the 
scholars at an annual reception on 
campus. Scholars awarded funds 
through the Brandeis University 
Annual Fund Scholars Program 
will be selected during the summer 
following the Fund year in which 
the gift was made. 

Most importantly, a gift to the 
Brandeis University Annual Fund 
Scholars Program will give a 
promising young person a Brandeis 
education and the tools to 
continue the Brandeis tradition of 
contributing in significant ways to 
the welfare of our society. 

For more information, 

please contact Hillel Korin '72, 

associate vice president. Office of 

Development and Alumni Relations, 

by phone at 781-736-4001 or 

800-333-1948x64001 or 

by e-mail at 

s and Hans Lopater 

For further information on 
planned giving opportunities 
at Brandeis or to learn more about 
the Sachar Legacy Society, 
please call the development office 
at 800-333-1948x64135. 

Hans and Mavis Lopater are 
wonderful friends of Brandeis 
University. Botfi have fascinating 
personal histories that have become 
increasingly intertwined with the 
life of the University over the past 
10 years. Although the Lopaters, 
who have made their home in 
Sudbury for 25 years, had frequently 
attended concerts and performances 
at Brandeis, it was not until 1991 
that their involvement became 
more intimate and truly 

Hans, a child survivor of the 
Holocaust, who left Vienna in 1938 
on a Kindertransport for England, 
was told by a fellow child survivor 
of an exhibit at Brandeis titled Jews 
of Vienna. This moving photo 
exhibit documented occupied 

Austria and included a photograph 
taken after Kristallnacht of 
Vienna's synagogues destroyed by 
fire. One of the pictures Hans saw 
was of the very temple where he 
would have celebrated his Bar 
Mitzvah. "Seeing this temple 
engulfed in flames brought back 
many sad memories of family 
members who perished in the 
camps," Hans recalled. 

It was after seeing Jews of Vienna 
that Hans decided he wanted to 
become more personally involved 
with Brandeis and was asked by 
President Jehuda Reinharz, then 
director of the Tauber Institute, to 
join the Tauber Board of Overseers. 
Since his appointment, Hans has 
played an active role as a Board 
member and has, most recently, 
been made a Fellow of the 
University in recognition of not 
only his role on the Tauber Board, 
but also of his role as a valued 
advisor to members of the senior 
administration of the University 
on issues of marketing and public 
relations, about which he has 
considerable expertise developed 
during his successful career at the 
Gillette Corporation. 

Mavis too has become directly 
involved, making gifts with Hans 
to the Women's Studies Research 
Center and to the music 
department in honor of her father, 
Sidney Landsman, who like Mavis 
and Hans was a most 
knowledgeable devotee of music 
and culture. She has also become a 
member of the Brandeis University 
National Women's Committee and 
is looking forward to taking part in 
its many activities and projects. 

Hans and Mavis Lopater are proud 
members of Brandeis University's 
Sachar Legacy Society, thus 
ensuring that their informed 
philanthropy will forever benefit 
the University. The tradition of 
giving the Lopaters have 
generously established over the 
course of many years of personal 
commitment, and care and concern 
for others is thus secure for future 

Annual Fund 

Scholars Program 

Rising costs have alterc' 
need-blind admissions a 
other top colleges and u 
However, admission to ! 
remains — and will rema« 
on talent, regardless of ;■ 
pay. No aspect of the Uil 
commitment to social ji 
more profound and the . 
Fund now offers a way t 
contribute to this cause 

The Brandeis University 
Fund Scholars Program 
and unique opportunity 
directly involved in the 
of a Brandeis student. P 
donors could establish z 
scholarship only by me; 
endowed fund. Now, th 
Brandeis Annual Fund S 
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toiaib; will eiuiiic iiic uuiiui lu 
membership in the Justice Brandeis 
Society; and will be appropriately 
recognized in the Report on 
Annual Giving published yearly. 

Donors will be invited to meet the 
scholars at an annual reception on 
campus. Scholars awarded funds 
through the Brandeis University 
Annual Fund Scholars Program 
will be selected during the summer 
following the Fund year in which 
the gift was made. 

Most importantly, a gift to the 
Brandeis University Annual Fund 
Scholars Program will give a 
promising young person a Brandeis 
education and the tools to 
continue the Brandeis tradition of 
contributing in significant ways to 
the welfare of our society. 

For more information, 

please contact Hillel Korin '72, 

associate vice president, Office of 

Development and Alumni Relations, 

by phone at 781-736-4001 or 

800-333-1948x64001 or 

by e-mail at 

Mavis and Hans Lopater 

■> -4^^^ 

For further information on 
planned giving opportunities 
at Brandeis or to learn more about 
the Sachar Legacy Society, 
please call the development office 
at 800-333-1948x64135. 

Hans and Mavis Lopater are 
wonderful friends of Brandeis 
University. Both have fascinating 
personal histories that have become 
increasingly intertwined with the 
life of the University over the past 
10 years. Although the Lopaters, 
who have made their home in 
Sudbury for 25 years, had frequently 
attended concerts and performances 
at Brandeis, it was not until 1991 
that their involvement became 
more intimate and truly 

Hans, a child survivor of the 
Holocaust, who left Vienna in 1938 
on a Kindertransport for England, 
was told by a fellow child survivor 
of an exhibit at Brandeis titled Jews 
of Vienna. This moving photo 
exhibit documented occupied 

Austria and included a photograph 
taken after Kristallnacht of 
Vienna's synagogues destroyed by 
fire. One of the pictures Hans saw 
was of the very temple where he 
would have celebrated his Bar 
Mitzvah. "Seeing this temple 
engulfed in flames brought back 
many sad memories of family 
members who perished in the 
camps," Hans recalled. 

It was after seeing ]ews of Vienna 
that Hans decided he wanted to 
become more personally involved 
with Brandeis and was asked by 
President Jehuda Reinharz, then 
director of the Tauber Institute, to 
join the Tauber Board of Overseers. 
Since his appointment, Hans has 
played an active role as a Board 
member and has, most recently, 
been made a Fellow of the 
University in recognition of not 
only his role on the Tauber Board, 
but also of his role as a valued 
advisor to members of the senior 
administration of the University 
on issues of marketing and public 
relations, about which he has 
considerable expertise developed 
during his successful career at the 
Gillette Corporation. 

Mavis too has become directly 
involved, making gifts with Hans 
to the Women's Studies Research 
Center and to the music 
department in honor of her father, 
Sidney Landsman, who like Mavis 
and Hans was a most 
knowledgeable devotee of music 
and culture. She has also become a 
member of the Brandeis University 
National Women's Committee and 
is looking forward to taking part in 
its many activities and projects. 

Hans and Mavis Lopater are proud 
members of Brandeis University's 
Sachar Legacy Society, thus 
ensuring that their informed 
philanthropy will forever benefit 
the University. The tradition of 
giving the Lopaters have 
generously established over the 
course of many years of personal 
commitment, and care and concern 
for others is thus secure for future 

[ iO percent of 

Brandeis alumni are 

that 50 alumni are 
presidents of hospitals 
or HMOs? 

that 30 alumni are 
judges and 75 are 
district attorneys? 

that Brandeis's 16 
alumni currently serving 
in the Peace Corps (we 
incorrectly reported 15 
last issue) place us 
eighth among the 
country's small colleges 
and universities (fewer 
than 5,000 

undergraduates) with 
the most Peace Corps 
volunteers in 2000? 

that out of a field of 250 
teams, Brandeis's 
Debate and Speech 
Society placed 10th in 
this year's World 

Championships, held in 
Sydney, Australia? 

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Every spring, near the end of classes 
and just before finals, the athletics 
department hosts what it calls the 
"Athletic Recognition and Awards 
Banquet," and although I am no 
athlete and have not been a member 
of a sports team since junior high 
school, I always attend. The 
occasion never fails to move me to a 
surprising degree. 

In its implementation, there is 
nothing stagy about the Banquet: no 
formal attire; lavish catering; team 
pennants; festive decorations; no 
dramatic lighting; or advanced 
technology. There are, instead, the 
unadorned walls of Levin Ballroom; 
tables filled by eager young men and 
women; hearty chicken dinners; an 
unpretentious slide presentation 
composed of snapshots taken of 
individual athletes in action over 
the year; a recap of the various team 
standings; thoughtful speeches by 
alumni and students; and the sedate 
presentation of awards. 
Uncomplicated and unsentimental, 
but profoundly eventful. 

What is immediately obvious is the 
sense of community. Here are 
women and men bound, most 
broadly, by the common title of 
'athlete." In my day — the late 
sixties — that was a seriously 
marginalized group at Brandeis, an 
institution known for its maverick 
combination of social activism and 
radical intellectualism, not — Heaven 
help us! — for its sports. But that has 
changed. Through the support of 

alumni from Benny Friedman's 
heyday, the addition of more varsity 
teams, our membership in the 
University Athletic Association 
with its attractive travel agenda, 
construction of an outstanding 
facility, and the national status of 
our teams, athletics at Brandeis have 
become a widely embraced part of 
the undergraduate environment, and 
more than 300 students participate 
at the varsity level. 

They are all here tonight. As image 
after image sparkles upon the screen 
in the darkened room — a young, 
dirt-splattered woman fighting for 
possession of a muddy soccer ball; a 
young man nearly hidden behind a 
spray of sand raised by his chip shot 
onto the green; a self-conscious but 
delighted young woman, her fencing 
helmet tucked under her arm, 
peeking towards the camera; a 
young man frozen mid-pitch in that 
seemingly impossible contortion of 
wrist, elbow, and shoulder; dozens 
of shots of students engaged in 
competition — cheers from their 
teammates erupt from scattered 
areas of the ballroom, bursting 
continually like bubbles in boiling 

Speeches by selected students echo 
the communal dedication. Their 
sincerity is palpable and 
incontrovertible. Because the 
banquet falls on the eve of an 
economics exam this year, there are 
students here who are eating with 
open textbooks beside their plates. 

minding the presentation with one 
eye, and their studies with the 
other. But they are here. It would be 
unthinkable not to be. They are an 
organic part of this community of 

The evening culminates in the 
presentations of five individual 
awards. These are given to students 
who have demonstrated truly 
outstanding accomplishment either 
for their athletic prowess, their 
sportsmanship, their ability to excel 
both in sports and scholarship, or 
their valor. As each award is 
announced, the reaction of the 
throng makes clear that these are no 
arbitrary choices. These are 
individuals who are so universally 
respected among this society of 
equally dedicated, hard-driving 
athletes that their honor reflects on 
everyone present, even, I am 
surprised to feel, those of us outside 
this community, but who have had 
the privilege of briefly sharing its 

What gives such poignancy to this 
spring gathering of athletes is its 
aptness as a model for the kind of 
community the University, as a 
whole, strives to be — indeed, as the 
kind of community the University 
inspires its alumni to create in the 
world beyond Brandeis. It is a 
celebration of the individual and yet 
of the team and the commitment its 
members hold for each other. 


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Books and Recordings 14 




he Academy 

Morris Abram, Second 
Brandeis President, 
Dead at 81 

Morris B. Abram, the lawyer 
from a small town in 
Georgia who rose to become 
president of Brandeis and 
later was picked by 
President George Bush as 
U.S. permanent 
representative to the United 
Nations Office in Geneva, 
died of pneumonia there 
March 16. He was 81 years 

As a celebrated champion of 
human and civil rights, 
Abram served, by 
presidential appointment, 
under five U.S. presidents: 
John F. Kennedy, Lyndon 
Johnson, Jimmy Carter, 
Ronald Reagan, and Bush. 

On February 2, 1989, Bush 
named Abram to the post of 
U.S. permanent 
representative to the United 
Nations Office and Other 
International Organizations 
in Geneva. 

Since 1970, Abram also had 
been a partner in the New 
York City law firm of Paul, 
Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton 
and Garrison. 

Before arriving in Geneva 
on July 27, 1989, he headed 
the U.S. delegation to the 
Paris Conference on the 
Human Dimension (May 
30-Iune 23| under the 
Conference on Security and 
Cooperation in Europe. 

Abram was chair of the 
Conference of Presidents of 
Major Jewish Organizations 
from 1986 to 1989, and 
chair of the National 
Conference on Soviet Jewry 
from 1983 to 1989. His 
accomplishments and 

leadership in the Jewish 
community led the Atlanta 
Constitution in 1988 to 
designate him patriarch of 
American Jewry. Jewish 
leaders have credited him 
with convincing the Reagan 
administraticm to press the 
Soviets on human rights 
during a 1988 summit. 
Reagan appointed Abram to 
the U.S. Civil Rights 
Commission in 1984. 

He was chair of the 
President's Commission for 
the Study of Ethics m 
Medicine and Biomedicine 
and Behavioral Research 
from 1979 to 1983. 

Abram, the second 
president of Brandeis 
University, from 1968 to 
1970, traveled a long path of 
success from Fitzgerald, 
Georgia, where he was born 
on June 19, 1918. He earned 
a reputation as a young 
liberal lawyer who helped 
strike down Georgia's 
racially inequitable system 
of primary elections. His 
commitment to human and 
civil rights began several 
years before that 1963 

Abram was national 
president of the American 
Jewish Committee from 
1963 to 1968. He served as 
U.S. representative to the 
U.N. Commission on 
Human Rights from 1965 to 

In 1962, Kennedy appointed 
Abram the U.S. expert on 
the U.N. Subcommission on 
the Prevention of 
Discrimination and the 
Protection of Minorities. In 
1964, Abram led an 
American Jewish 
Committee group in talks 
with Pope Paul VI to discuss 

Catholic-Jewish relations. 
Abram answered President 
Johnson's call twice during 
the 1960s. In 196.S, lohnson 
named him cochair of the 
Planning Session of the 
White House Conference on 
Civil Rights, and in 1967, 
he named him a member of 
the National Advisory 
Council on Economic 

Abram established a career 
as a civil rights attorney 
beginning in 1960, when 
after a call from an official 
in John F. Kennedy's 
presidential campaign, he 
helped persuade Fulton 
County officials to 
withdraw sit-in-related 
charges against the late Rev. 
Martin Luther King Jr., for 
whom Abram later worked. 

MoTiis B. Abram 

He coauthored "How to 
Stop Violence in Your 
Community," which 
provided the basic model of 
laws adopted in five 
Southern states and 50 
cities to curb the 
threatening activities of the 
Ku Klux Klan. 

Abram left the South in 
1963. From 1963 to 1968, he 
was president of the 
American lewish 
Committee. He served on 
the board of Morehouse 
College, the Institute of 
International Education, the 
Council on Foreign 
Relations, Benjamin N. 
Cardozo Law School, 
Weizman Institute of 
Science, Yeshiva 
University, Sarah Lawrence 
College, the United Negro 
College Fund, and others. 

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Abram received his 
bachelor's degree, summa 
cum hiude, from the 
University of Georgia in 
1938; a doctorate in law 
from the University of 
Chicago m 1940; another 
bachelor's in 1948, and a 
master's from Oxford in 
1953, where he was Rhodes 
scholar. His education was 
interrupted in lanuary 1941 
when he entered the 
military and served in Air 
Force Intelligence. He was 
awarded the Legion of Merit 
and was discharged in 
October 1945 and served as 
a member of the American 
Prosecution Staff at the 
International Military 
Tribunal at Nuremberg, 
Germany, in 1946. 

In 1948, he served as 
assistant to the director of 
the committee for the 
Marshall Plan, and was 
active in the Southern 
Region Wage Stabilization 
Board. From 1958 to 1961, 
he was chair of the Atlanta 
Citizens Crime Committee. 
In 1961, President Kennedy 
appointed Abram the first 
general counsel of the Peace 
Corps. He was active in the 
policy and legal work 
surrounding the birth of the 

Abram is survived by his 
wife, Bruna, two daughters, 
Ann and Ruth Abram and 
three sons, Morris Jr., ]. 
Adam, and Joshua Abram. 
He also leaves a 
stepdaughter, Gabriela 
Molina, and stepson, Martin 
Molina; a sister, Ruthann 
Reis, and brother. Dr. Lewis 
Abram, and nine 
grandchildren. Funeral 
services were held in 
Massachusetts. Brandeis 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
represented the University. 

At its annual meeting, the 
Brandeis University Board 
of Trustees approved the 
operating and capital 
budgets for fiscal year 2000- 
01. The budgets identify and 
target areas of need in 
academic programs, student 
services, capital projects 
and technology, and salary 
concerns for faculty and 

The budgets are designed to 
make strategic program 
investments and to 
strengthen the University's 
overall financial health. 
Objectives include balanced 
operating and capital 
budgets, reduced 
dependence on endowment 
and gifts, and reduction of 
the University's structural 
deficit, which includes 
addressing the under- 
funding of faculty and staff 
salaries and deferred 
maintenance of the physical 

The FY'OI operating budget 
includes the following 
components: There is a 3.5 
percent increase in 
undergraduate student 
billed charges, which 
comprises a 4 percent 
increase in tuition, a 2.8 
percent increase m room 
charges (including new 
cable TV service with 57 
channels and seven foreign 
language channels, and 
reduced phone rates 
comparable to the best rates 
offered to households 
today), and a 1.3 percent 
increase in board (including 
a new all-points meal plan). 
The 3.5 percent overall 
increase puts Brandeis in 
the mid-range of announced 
increases at peer 
institutions. The financial 

aid tuition discount rate is 
expected to remain at 
approximately the same 
percentage as in the current 

Sponsored research 
revenues and expenses are 
projected to increase by 2 
percent. Other revenue is 
also projected to increase by 
the same percentage. 
University operating 
expenses will increase by 2 
percent, to keep pace with 
the rate of inflation, 
increased fuel prices, and 
desktop technology 

The University will soon 
begin the implementation 
of a new, integrated 
financial, grants, and 
human resources 
information system, which 
is being purchased from 
PeopleSoft. The 
implementation will take 
place over the next three 
years at an estimated cost of 
$8.5 million. The 
University will use a 
combination of operating 
and capital funds, and tax- 
exempt bonds to support 
the project. PeopleSoft will 
serve as the implementation 
partner and will provide 
ongoing support and 

Because of its importance in 
the recruitment and 
retention of the best 
students, the University is 
investing funds to establish 
and support the position of 
senior vice president for 
student services and 
enrollment, and to fund 
student recruitment and 
retention initiatives. 

An additional $500,000 has 
been added to the budget for 
library operations, academic 
programs, and the Patent 

The Board of Trustees 
approved a 4 percent 
University-funded salary 
pool, based on merit, for 
faculty and non-union staff. 
This pool will be 
augmented by an additional 
1.5 percent to be achieved 
by cost savings. The 
additional pool will be used 
for market adjustments and 
cases of extraordinary 
merit. The total salary pool 
initiates funding of the 
University's multi-year 
strategic goal to achieve 
competitive salaries for 
faculty and staff. The 5.5 
percent salary pool is the 
highest in more than a 

A reduction is planned in 
the draw on the 
University's endowment 
from the current 6.4 percent 
in FY'OO to 6.1 percent in 
FY'OI (based on a I2-quarter 
average market endowment 
value). The University's 
financial goal is to be at or 
below a 5 percent draw by 
FY'05, which is in line with 
peer institutions. 

Finally, as the first steps 
toward implementing the 
University's new 
Responsibility Center 
Management (RCM) budget 
process, Brandeis is 
now in a pilot phase for four 
major programs — Heller, 
GSIEF, Rabb, and Auxiliary 
Services. Following this 
pilot program, Arts and 
Sciences and the 
University's cost centers 
will follow. 

3 Spring 2000 

New Religion Program to 
Begin in tlie Fall 


In the past, when students 
flipped through the "R" 
section of Brandeis's course 
catalog they found a handful 
of concentrations: romance 
and comparative literature, 
Russian and east European 
studies, and Russian 
language and literature. But 
one area of study, religious 
studies, was not there. 
Courses on religion did 
exist at Brandeis; but there 
was no cohesive program on 
the world's religions. 

Now, due to the efforts of 
lodi Eichler '00, Brandeis 
will offer a program in 
religious studies this fall, 
for the first time in the 
history of the University. It 
will be directed by Professor 
of French and Comparative 
Literature Edward Kaplan, 
who has done significant 
work in religious studies. 
He is the author of two 
books on the Jewish 
philosopher and social 
activist, Abraham Joshua 
Heschel. He also teaches a 
course on mysticism and 
the moral life. 

Kaplan is quick to give 
credit for the new program 
to Eichler and her peers who 
were part of a committee on 
religion, pluralism, and 
spirituality consisting of 
students, staff, and faculty. 

Eichler, a Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies major, said 
the group got the idea from 
a conference on spirituality 
and higher education they 
attended two years ago. "We 
heard some inspiring 

speeches from faculty 
members at other 
universities about the 
importance of academic 
study of religion and we 
wanted something like that 
for Brandeis. We have many 
courses in religion, but 
nothing linking them 
together, and no core course 
in the methods of religious 

Eichler began compiling a 
list of courses last spring. 
Then Kaplan came on board 
and helped to produce a 
preliminary draft. In the 
fall, he brought it to other 
faculty members for their 
input. A steering committee 
was formed, including 
faculty members Bernadette 
Brooten, Richard 
Parmentier, and Arthur 

Kaplan believes that 
Brandeis has strong faculty 
resources for religious 
studies, especially in the 
Departments of 
Anthropology, History, Fine 
Arts, Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies, and 
Philosophy. And because a 
Religious Studies Program 
is interdisciplinary in 
nature, it is a natural fit 
with similar programs on 

But more importantly, 
added Kaplan, there is a 
growing awareness among 
students of the importance 
of religion — not only in 
American life, but in the 
world. "We live in a time 
when it is no longer 
possible to deny the power 
of religion and religious 
thinking," he said. 

— Donna Desrochers 

Be Part of the 
Connected University 
through the Alumni 
Mentor Program 

This program is a new 
initiative intended to 
provide interested first year 
students with an alumni 
mentor whom they can 
contact for resource 
information, perspective 
about the University, and to 
generally assist 
with their overall 
adiustment to university 
life. The mentor program 
was conceived by President 
Reinharz and is intended to 
enhance the development of 
the "Connected University." 

Alumni mentors 
will be asked to: 

' attend a training program in 
late September to receive 
information about the 
mentor role and 
expectations for the 
relationship with a Brandeis 
first year student; 

' provide a welcome to their 
student through a note or 
phone call; 

' attend a kick-off reception 
in late October at Brandeis 

' meet with their student on 
campus at least once each 

' consider inviting their 
student off campus to a 
family gathering, 
community program, meal, 

' attend a special year-end 
dinner on campus. 

If you are interested in 
being considered for this 
special role, please contact 
Michele J. Rosenthal, 
associate dean of 
undergraduate academic 
affairs and first year 
services, at 781-736-3470 or 

4 Brandeis Review 


Helen and Philip Brecher 
Senior Forum 2000 
Discusses "Every Day 
with Morrie" 

A stirring tribute entwining 
the themes of mentoring 
and remembering marked 
the first annual gathering of 
the Helen and Philip 
Brecher Senior Forum, 
which was attended by 
hundreds of members of the 
Class of 2000 on February 8. 
Titled "Every Day with 
Morrie," the evening's 
program and discussion 
revolved around issues of 
building meaningful 
relationships and the 
impact of what the late 
Professor of Human 
Relations Morris (Morrie) 
Schwartz taught in his final 
lesson — the meaning of life 
and dying with dignity. This 
lesson was the subject of 
Mitch Albom's 74 
international bestseller 
Tuesdays with Morrie. 

The program struck a 
particularly strong chord 
with David Salama '00, who 
had read about Morrie in 
Mitch Albom's column in 
Detroit. Salama enrolled at 
Brandeis, and, through 
taking Sociology of Birth 
and Death with Schwartz's 
friend and Senior Forum 
panel member Professor 
Maurice Stein, "fell in love" 
with the material and 
changed his major from 
history to sociology. Salama 
views his relationship with 
Stein, the Jacob S. Potofsky 
Professor of Sociology, with 
the same warmth and 
enrichment Albom found 
for decades with Morrie 
Schwartz. In fact, when 
Albom autographed a copy 
of Tuesdays with Morrie for 
Salama, he acknowledged 
the importance of the 
younger man's mentoring 
by signing the book, "To 
I^avid, who's living part of 
this story himself." 

Walter Anthony, assistant 
dean and coordinator of 
academic services for 
students with disabilties, 
worked for months with the 
senior class senators and 
others to organize this 
year's Helen and Philip 
Brecher Senior Forum. 
Provost and Senior Vice 
President for Academic 
Affairs Irving R. Epstein 
moderated the forum panel, 
which included Charles 
Derber, professor of 
sociologv, Boston College,- 
P.I. McGann, Ph.D. '95, 
Murray Research Center, 
Radcliffe College; and 
Brandeis Professors Gordon 
Fellman, Shulamit 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '77, and 
Maurice Stein — all friends 
and colleagues of Morrie 

"The Senior Forum enables 
us to link two important 
aspects of Brandeis," says 
Epstein. "It reinforces the 
very successful first year 
convocation, in which 
discussion and exchange of 
ideas serve as a focus for 
bringing students and 
faculty together. In 
addition, it provides an 
exciting event for the entire 
senior class. We have been 

seeking to establish more 
occasions at which classes 
can share common 
experiences. This wonderful 
gift in memory of the 
Brechers makes it possible 
for us to do this for the 
senior class in a very special 

Salama recalls that his class 
started its "first-year 
orientation with an author/ 
book discussion/lecture 
event, and now the Senior 
forum gives us a similar 
experience as our time at 
Brandeis is winding down. It 
lets students look back at 
how far they've come." 
Salama says, "I think 
students appreciated the 
full circle of coming in with 
a book, then going out with 
a book." 

Jamie Wallace '00 thinks 
the Senior Forum is "a great 
idea," adding, "it should 
definitely be continued." 
She found Tuesdays with 
Morrie a timely topic, given 
the response to the book's 
washing over the campus 
and indeed the entire 
country. Says Wallace, 

'Everyone I know has read 
the book, seen Oprah's 
special about Morrie, or the 
television movie starring 
Jack Lemmon and Hank 
Azaria. At home [New 
York, New York], a lot of 
people ask if I'm close to 
my professors, the way 
Mitch Albom was so close 
to Morrie Schwartz. And I 
tell them, 'yes.'" 

Salama says Albom's 
experience with Schwartz 
"shows Brandeis is a place 
where professors open up 
their lives to you. It shows 
that 20 years later, 
professors are still 
interested in you — in where 
you've gone and what 
you've done with your life, 
what you've done with 
what they've tried to impart 
to you. I think that's 

Salama, who is involved in 
planning other senior class 
events (a party at a 
waterfront club; reunions 
with quad-mates from the 
class' first year,- day trips to 
Newport, Rhode Island, and 
the Foxwoods Casino in 
Connecticut; and a cruise 
through Boston Harbor) 
believes this closeness, this 
sense of community, exists 
between members of the 
Class of 2000 as well. 

"Our class has a lot of 
spirit," he says. "And I 
think events like the Senior 
Forum help encourage 

Following the discussion, 
senior students were invited 
to attended a party and a 
dance in The Stein. 

5 Spring 2000 


Chase Manhattan 
Foundation Donates 
$5 Million to Brandeis 

The Chase Manhattan 
Foundation recently 
announced a $5 million gift 
to Brandeis University, 
among the largest gifts ever 
given by the foundation to 
an educational institution. 
The funds will be used to 
establish The Chase 
Manhattan Chair in Ethics 
and to provide scholarships 
to first-generation 
Americans and 
underprivileged students. 

Marc Shapiro, Chase vice 
chair of finance and risk 
management and chair of 
The Chase Manhattan 
Foundation, presented the 
gift to the University at an 
on-campus ceremony. "The 
Chase Manhattan 
Foundation is proud to 
present this gift, which will 
promote the importance of 
ethical behavior while 
providing educational 
assistance to a diverse group 
of students," said Shapiro. 
"The ideals of ethical 
behavior and diversity are 
central to our values at 
Chase and it is our hope 
that this gift will help to 
reaffirm these important 

Brandeis President lehuda 
Reinharz said, "The Chase 
Manhattan Foundation is 
setting an example by 
dedicating significant funds 
to opening doors of 
opportunity for 
underprivileged students." 
He added that "endowing a 
chair in ethics will allow 
the University to strengthen 
this important discipline 
and will enable Brandeis to 
build on its reputation in 
this area." 

The Chase Manhattan 
Foundation was established 
by The Chase Manhattan 
Bank to provide 
contributions and other 
philanthropic and volunteer 
support to nonprofit 
organizations across the 
United States and overseas. 
Chase's philanthropic 
activities are focused on 
community development 
and human services, 
precollegiate education, and 
arts and culture. 

C. David Joffe Family 
Endowment Fellowship 

The University recently 
announced the establishment 
of a fellowship made 
possible by the C. David 
joffe Family Endowment. 
The fund was created 
through a generous donation 
by C. David Joffe '67, M.D., 
cardiologist and president of 
the Dayton Heart Hospital. 
Joffe IS a committed 
philanthropist and Brandeis 
supporter. He majored in 
biology as an undergraduate. 

The endowment fund is a 
summer salary grant that 
will help underwrite the 
research efforts of a talented 
junior scientist. One grant 
per year will be made to a 
scientist whose work shows 
special promise and 
originality. The first Joffe 
Fellow will be Assistant 
Professor of Physics Jane 
Kondev. A condensed 
matter physicist, Kondev's 
research into compact 
polymers and other basic 
structures of matter has 
multiple potential 
applications for the life 
sciences and the 
development of new 
materials. His studies 
promise to chart new 
ground by virtue of the 
interdisciplinary nature of 

the questions he poses. 
Kondev was chosen as the 
grant's first recipient for his 
combination of being a 
brilliant, creative physics 
researcher and an excellent 

"I am delighted that this 
generous gift will help us to 
meet one of our 
most important needs, 
bringing the best young 
scientist-educators to 
Brandeis and supporting 
their innovative research," 
said Irving Epstein, provost 
and senior vice president for 
academic affairs. "Professor 
Jane Kondev, the first Joffe 
Fellow, IS a spectacular 
scientist and an outstanding 
teacher who has already 
become an important 
presence at Brandeis in his 
first year on the faculty." 

6 Brandeis Review 

White House 
Correspondent Receives 
Sachar Award at NWC 
Conference 2000 

Helen Thomas, the former 
White House chief for 
United Press International, 
was honored with the 
Abram L. Sachar Silver 
Medallion on June 2, at the 
53rd conference of the 
Brandeis University 
National Women's 

Thomas enjoyed a long 
career in Washington, D.C., 
and at the White House. 
Upon graduation from 
Wayne State University, 
Thomas moved to 
Washington, D.C., in 
pursuit of a career in 
lournalism. Within a year 
she was working for UPI 
writing local news. 

In the late 1940s and early 
1930s, Thomas was 
assigned a regular beat 
covering the federal 
government, including 
fustice, the FBI, and Capitol 
Hill. She began covering the 
White House during the 
Kennedy administration and 
gained a reputation for 
asking blunt questions with 
a populist flavor. In 1972, 
Thomas became the only 
woman print journalist to 
accompany President Nixon 
on his historic trip to 
China. In 1974, Thomas 
became UPI's White House 
Bureau chief, the first 
woman to hold the position. 
She retired from her post on 
May 17,2000. 

The Abram L. Sachar Silver 
Medallion, presented 
annually to a woman who 
has made an outstanding 
contribution to the field of 
education, was established 
by the National Women's 
Committee to honor the 
first President of the 
University on his 
retirement. Recipients of 
the Sachar Medallion have 
included Nina Totenbcrg, 
Anna Quindlen, Marian 
Wright Edelman, and Sarah 


Bill Clinton and 

Helen Thomas 

$500,000 Gift Will 
Establish Scholarships 
in History of 
Ideas Program 

The University is pleased to 
announce that it has 
received a gift of $500,000 
to establish the Safier-Jolles 
Fund for the Program in the 
History of Ideas. The funds 
will be used for scholarships 
for undergraduates and for 
visiting faculty in the 

Provost and Senior Vice 
President for Academic 
Affairs Irving R. Epstein 
said, "This is a wonderful 
gift that is directed at our 
two major priorities, 
students and faculty, in an 
area that we are committed 
to strengthening, 
interdisciplinary studies. 

The donors are to be 
commended for their 
generosity and their 

Designed to supplement the 
focus of the major 
concentration, the Program 
in the History of Ideas 
enables students to work 
closely with a faculty 
advisor to formulate a plan 
of multidisciplinary 
independent study uniquely 
suited to the interests of 
each student. Students are 
encouraged to trace the 
history of a particular 
theme, problem, or tradition 
that interests them. The 
program is intended to 

provide students with the 
skills, knowledge, guidance, 
and freedom to construct a 
focused and rigorous 
multidisciplinary course of 
study in the history of 
ideas, reflecting President 
Reinharz's vision of 
Brandeis as a "connected" 

The Brandeis Faculty 
Committee for the program 
IS now developing criteria 
for the awarding of student 
scholarships and 
considering ideas for 
visiting faculty for the 
spring semester 2001. 

7 Spring 2000 

acuity and Staff 

Kondev Wins NSF 

Jane Kondev 

Jane Kondev, assistant 
professor of pfiysics, fias 
been awarded tfie National 
Science Foundation's 
prestigious Faculty Early 
Career Development 
ICAREER) award, intended 
to boost the teaching and 
research of young scientists. 

Some 2,000 young 
researchers from hundreds 
of universities nationwide 
apply for the roughly 350 
CAREER grants awarded 
annually. Kondev will 
receive $220,000 over four 
years as part of his CAREER 

Kondev's research touches 
on strongly correlated 
matter, found in many- 
particle systems whose 
behavior cannot he 
predicted by the behavior of 
single particles. A 
condensed matter theorist, 
he develops mathematical 
descriptions of activity 
within such complex 

As part of his CAREER 
award, Kondev will examine 
the movement of particles 
within a turbulent flow, 
such as a stream of water or 
rapidly moving air. He will 
also study what happens 
when polymers — molecular 
chains such as proteins and 
the building blocks of 
plasties — are compressed 
into two dimensions, such 
as when proteins arc 
adsorbed on membranes. 

Looking at polymers from a 
geometrical perspective, 
Kondev will try to describe 
their spatial organization 
when restricted to two 

Kondev will also study the 
Quantum Hall Effect, which 
occurs when a flow of 
electrons is confined to two 
dimensions in the presence 
of a magnetic field, as in 
transistors or 
semiconductor devices. 
Under these circumstances, 
material impurities cause 
electrons to drift along 
tortuous paths. Kondev 
plans to examine how the 
geometry of these paths 
affects the flow of 
electricity; such work could 
lead to materials with 
impurities specifically 
engineered in to affect 
electron movement. 

Kondev, who was awarded 
Excellence in Teaching 
awards from Princeton 
University's Engineering 
Council in 1998 and in 
1999, also proposed in his 
CAREER award to 
introduce a new 
undergraduate course, ft 
would teach mathematical 
methods and then apply 
them to questions in 
various areas of science. Its 
goal would be to teach 
students to mathematically 
model processes found in 
the biological, chemical, 
and physical worlds. 

Kondev, a Brandeis faculty 
member since July 1999, 
received his B.A. in 1990 
from the University of 
Belgrade in Yugoslavia and 
his Ph.D. in 1995 from 
Cornell University. Before 
coming to Brandeis, he was 
a postdoctoral research 
associate at Brown 
University, an instructor in 
physics at Princeton, and a 
member of the School of 
Mathematics at the 
Institute for Advanced 

This is the third year in a 
row that Brandeis is home 
to a CAREER winner: Xiao- 
Jing Wang, associate 
professor of physics and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, was a 
recipient in 1998, while 
Wenbin Lin, assistant 
professor of chemistry, won 
the award last year. 

8 Brandeis Review 

Lin Selected as 
Sloan Research Fellow 

Rabbi Allan Lehmann 
to Lead Brandeis Hillel, 
Join Chaplaincy 

Assistant Professor of 
Chemistry Wcnhin Lin was 
recently selected as a Sloan 
Research Fellow. He will 
receive $33,000 over two 

The Sloan Foundation, 
through these fellowships, 
seeks to identify and 
support young scientists on 
the faculties of colleges and 
universities in the United 

States and Canada who have 
demonstrated special 
creative ability in the 
physical sciences, 
mathematics, neuroscience, 
computer science, and 
economics. The grant funds 
are intended to be used 
flexibly rather than in 
prescribed ways. 

Lin was one of 104 
fellowship winners in 2000, 
chosen from more than 400 

Rabbi Allan Lehmann will 
become the executive 
director of the Hillel 
Foundation at Brandeis 
University and the School's 
lewish chaplain. Rabbi 
Lehmann, the spiritual 
leader of Congregation B'nai 
Israel in Gainesville, 
Florida, for over 20 years, 
will begin his new 
responsibilities in July. 

"I am pleased to be joining 
two of the most important 
institutions in Jewish life, 
Hillel and Brandeis 
University," said Rabbi 
Lehmann. "The 
opportunities to shape the 
future in such a spiritually, 
academically, and Jewishly 
rich environment are 

"We are thrilled to have a 
leader of Rabbi Lehmann's 
caliber at the helm of one of 
our flagship Hillel 
Foundations," said Richard 
M. Joel, president and 
international director of 
Hillel: The Foundation for 
Jewish Campus Life. "Rabbi 
Lehmann's achievements 
will not only touch the 

lives of Brandeis students 
but will resonate 
throughout the Jewish 

"Rabbi Lehmann brings 
considerable talent and 
energy to his new role as 
Jewish chaplain at Brandeis, 
a position of central 
importance to the spiritual 
life of this University," said 
Brandeis President Jehuda 

The Brandeis position will 
renew Rabbi Lehmann's 
relationship with Hillel. He 
served as program 
coordinator for MIT Hillel 
from 1972 to 1973 and as 
acting director of Salem 
State College Hillel the 
following year. A graduate 
of the Reconstructionist 
Rabbinical College, Rabbi 
Lehmann holds an 
undergraduate degree from 
Columbia University and a 
master's degree in religion 
from Temple University. 

Rabbi Lehmann joined B'nai 
Israel, an egalitarian 
Conservative congregation, 
upon graduating from 
rabbinical school in 1979. 
During this period he has 
helped the synagogue to 
grow from 1 50 to 350 
households, to construct a 
new building, and to create 
a thriving educational 

program for children and 
adults. In addition, Rabbi 
Lehmann has taught 
informal Jewish education 
in the United States and 
Israel and has been an 
adjunct lecturer at the 
University of Florida Center 
for Jewish Studies since 

Rabbi Lehmann serves as 
president of the Alachua 
County Rabbinical 
Association and is a former 
president of the Gainesville 
Area Ministerial 
Association. An active 
member of the community, 
he has served on the board 
of the Gainesville Jewish 
Appeal, the St. Francis 
House Homeless Shelter, 
and the Samaritan Pastoral 
Counseling Center. He also 
served on the Clergy 
Council of Planned 
Parenthood of North 
Central Florida and on the 
Council of Advisors of the 
North Central Florida AIDS 

Rabbi Lehmann is married 
to Joanne Schindler, a 
clinical social worker. The 
couple has two sons, Rafi, 
18, andElie, 14. 

Wenbin Lin 

9 Spring 2000 

New Senior Vice 
President for Students 
and Enrollment 

Three Promoted 
to Full Professor 

lean I. ( c/(/\' 

President [ehuda Reinharz 
has announced the 
appointment of Jean C. 
Eddy as the University's 
new senior vice president 
for students and enrollment. 

Eddy has been the vice 
president for enrollment 
management at 
Northeastern University, 
where her efforts resulted in 
marked improvements in 
the selection and retention 
of students. 

"This is an important and 
exciting moment for 
Brandeis," Reinharz said. 

"Jean Eddy's impressive 
record of accomplishments 
and her focus on the student 
experience will be an asset 
to Brandeis as we seek to 
improve the lives of 
students throughout their 
college years and beyond," 
he said. 

Eddy was selected after a 
thorough and exhaustive 
search conducted by the 
firm of Educational 
Management Associates, a 
division of Witt/Kiefer. 

Eddy said she was eager to 
take on the challenge and 
opportunities that Brandeis 
presents. "I am anxious to 
bring the knowledge I have 
,i;ained at Northeastern to 
hear on the Brandeis 
experience," Eddy said. 
There is such a tremendous 
spirit alive on this campus 
that I know can be 
harnessed and directed to 
improve the lives of 
students," she added. 

Dean of Admissions and 
Financial Aid David Gould, 
who chaired the search 
committee, said he was 
pleased with the choice of 
Eddy. "We had a strong pool 
of applicants and Jean rose 
to the top of that group, " he 
said. "The entire Brandeis 
community — students, 
faculty, staff, and 
administrators — had the 
opportunity to meet with 
lean and that was an 
important part of the 
process," he added. 

Eddy, who has a Bachelor of 
Science degree from Roger 
Williams College and a 
Master of Science degree 
from Johnson and Wales 
College, has been at 
Northeastern University 
since 1988. She worked her 
way up from director of 
financial aid to the position 
of vice president she holds 
today. Before coming to 
Northeastern, she served as 
director of financial aid at 
Johnson and Wales 
University in Rhode Island. 

Eddy will assume her new 
position in mid-July. 

Lachman Receives 
$1.2 Million NIH Grant 

Margie Lachman 

^^ Margie Lachman, professor 

of psychology, was awarded 
a $1.2 million grant from 
the National Institute on 
Aging of the National 
Institutes of Health (NIH) to 
study Control Beliefs, 
Memory and Aging over the 
next five years. 

Lachman serves as the 
principal investigator on the 
study, which aims to 
examine the role that 
memory control beliefs play 
in contributing to age 
differences in memory 
performance and to consider 
what behavioral or 
physiological mechanisms 
link control beliefs and 
memory performance. 
According to Lachman, "A 
view commonly associated 
with aging is that memory 
loss IS inevitable and 
irreversible. Research on 
memory aging consistently 
shows there are age-related 
declines on some aspects of 
memory. ..Nevertheless, not 
all individuals show 
decrements and there is 
evidence memory can be 
improved." She hopes the 
results from the research 
"can provide promising 
directives for reducing 
memory impairment and 
improving the everyday 
functioning ot older adults." 

10 Brandeis Review 

Jeff Gelles of the 
biochemistry department 
has recently been promoted 
to the rank of full professor 
of biochemistry. He has 
made major contributions 
in understandin,i; the 
mechanisms of two 
different and important 
classes of enzymes: 
molecular motors and RNA 
polymerases. Gelles's 
laboratory is one of the 
leaders in the frontier of 
biological science. His 
research has been supported 
by groups including the 
National Science 
Foundation, Damon 
Runyan-Walter Winchell 
Cancer Fund and the 
National Institutes of 

Gelles teaches both core 
graduate courses, Advanced 
Biochemistry and Physical 
Chemistry of 
Macromolecules, m 
addition to Microtubule- 
Based Mechanoenzymes, 
and Biochemistry 
Techniques. As the chair of 
the department, Gelles has 
strengthened and revitalized 
the Graduate Program in 
Biophysics and Structural 
Biology. He has introduced 
the Biochemistry Journal 
Club, bringing together 
faculty and students from 
physics, chemistry, 
biochemistry and biology. 

Gelles received his B.A., 
magna cum laude, from 
Harvard University and his 
Ph.D. from the California 
Institute of Technology. 

The promotions of Mary 
Campbell to professor of 
English and Richard 
Parmentier to professor of 
anthropology will be 
effective in September. 

Mary Campbell is a poet 
and a critic and literary 
historian of medieval and 
early modern European 
literature. Her books 
include The World. The 
Flesh, and Angels {1989] 
and The Witness and the 
Other World: Exotic 
European Travel Writing, 
400-1600 [19SS]. Campbell 
has been awarded 
fellowships from the 
National Endowment for 
Humanities, the Council of 
Learned Societies, and the 
National Humanities 

Campbell's courses include 
Introduction to Literary 
Method, Introduction to 
Creative Writing, Chaucer, 
Contemporary American 
Women Poets, Arthurian 
Literature, and Early 
Modern Literature of 
Information and Empire. 
She engages students 
intellectually and 
emotionally, discussing the 
contemporary relevance of 
poetry and scholarship and 
insisting that they 
formulate their own 
informed responses. 

Campbell has coordinated 
the School ^)i the Night 
poetry reading series and 
has directed the Creative 
Writing Program. She is a 
member of the Medieval 
Studies and Women's 
Studies Programs, and has 
also served on the Faculty 

leff Gelles 

Campbell received a B.A. 
from Bennington College 
and an M.A. and Ph.D. from 
Boston University. She 
joined the Brandeis faculty 
in 1988. 

Richard Parmentier's works 
on semiotic anthropology, 
the comparative study of 
cultures explored through 
their systems of signs and 
processes of signification, 
have become standard 
readings in courses in 
semiotics and/or linguistic 
anthropology. He has 
become one of the most 
respected and persistent 
leaders in defining this new 
direction of cultural 
anthropology, authoring 
three books on semiotics, 
Semiotic Mediation, Signs 
in Society, and The 

AltJiy Camphcil 

Pragmatic Semiotics of 
Cultures. Parmentier also 
has an international 
reputation for his 
ethnography analysis, 
authoring The Sacred 
Remains: Myth, History, 
and Polity in Belau. 

Parmentier, who has been a 
faculty member since 1989, 
teaches Anthropology of 
Gender, Ideas of Equality 
and Systems of Inequality, 
Communication and Media, 
and Symbol, Myth, and 
Ritual. He has been 
tmdergraduate and graduate 
advisor and twice served as 
chair of the anthropology 
department. He is a member 
of Non-Western and 
Comparative Studies, and 
the Women's Studies, 
lournalism, and Humanities 
Interdisciplinary Programs. 

Parmentier received a B.A. 
summa cum laude from 
Princeton University and an 
M.A. and Ph.D. from the 
University of Chicago. 

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Faculty Notes 

Marvin 'Bud' Meyers, 
former professor of 
history, Dies at 79 

Marvin "Bud" Meyers, 
professor emeritus of 
American civilization, died 
in April at his home in 
Lakewood, Colorado. He 
was 19. 

Meyers was a member of 
the Brandeis faculty for 
more than 20 years. He 
joined the Department of 
History in 1963, becoming 
the Harry S. Truman 
Professor of History in 
1964. He was also chair of 
the history department for 
several years. 

"He had the most subtle 
mind of anyone in the 
department," said Morton 
Keller, the Samuel J. and 
Augusta Spector Professor 
of History, who was a 
colleague of Meyers. "A 
testiment to his teaching 
ability is best exemplified 
by Alan Taylor, Ph.D. '86, 
the history department's 
only Pulitzer Prize winner. 
Meyers was Taylor's 
dissertation director." 

Meyers came to Brandeis 
from the University of 
Chicago. During his time at 
the University, he wrote 
The Jacksonian Persuasion, 
published in 19,S7. The book 
won the Dunning Prize of 
the American Historical 
Association the following 
year. Meyers wrote several 
other books and many 
articles, including The Mind 
of the Founder: Sources of 
the Political Thought of 
James Madison. 

Meyers was a member or 
fellow with various 
organizations, including the 
Center for Advanced Study 
in the Behavioral Sciences 
in California; the National 
Endowment for the 
Humanities m Washington, 
D.C.; and the National 
Humanities Center in 
North Carolina. He also was 
a humanities fellow-in- 
residence at the American 
Enterprise Institute in 
Washington, D.C. 

Meyers earned his 
bachelor's degree from 
Rutgers University and his 
master's degree and Ph.D. 
from Columbia University 
in New York. He served for 
four years in the Army Air 
Force as a radio instructor 
and was honorably 
discharged as a sergeant. 

He is survived by a son, 
Daniel '73; a brother, 
Alfred; and a grandchild. He 
was the husband of the late 
Edith (Cooper) Meyers. 

Contributions may be made 
to the Allied Jewish 
Federation of Colorado, 300 
S. Dahlia St., Suite 300, 
Denver 80246; or to the 
American Red Cross, Mile 
High Chapter, 444 Sherman 
St., Denver, CO 80203. 

Joyce Antler 

Samuel B. Lane Professor of 
Jewish History and Culture, 
presented testimony before 
the President's Commission 
on the Celebration of 
Women in American 
History. During the spring 
term, she served as visiting 
director of research at the 
Jewish Women's Archives. 

Eric Chasalow 

associate professor of 
composition, had two 
premieres of pieces 
commissioned to celebrate 
the millennium: Suspicious 
Motives for flute, clarinet, 
violin, cello, and computer- 
generated sound was 

Rose Names New 
Director of Education 

The Rose Art Museum has 
named a new Director of 
Education, Eiika Swanson '93, 
a former Muriel G.S. Lewis 
and Barbara Fish Lee Fellow 
in European Paintings at the 
Museum of Fine Arts, 

"I am excited to have Erika 
join the staff of the Rose. 
Erika brings a solid 
education in art history, a 
breadth of experience and 
an enthusiasm about the 
role of a university museum 
that make her a valuable 
member of Greater Boston's 
cultural community," said 
Joe Ketner, director of the 

Swanson's museum and 
gallery experience include 
positions at the Isabella 
Stewart Gardner Museum, 
the Museum of Fine Arts 
and the Chase Gallery in 
Boston. She has been a 
visiting art history 
instructor at the University 
of New Hampshire and a 
teaching fellow at a number 
of New England schools, 
including Harvard and Tufts 

Enka SwiinsDii 

Swanson says her new post 
at the Rose will allow her to 
combine her twin interests 
of education and art history. 
She also looks forward to 
developing and leading 
museum education 
programs that reflect 
Brandeis as a center of 
academic excellence. 

Swanson received her B.A. 
in psychology at Brandeis 
and her M.A. in art history 
at Tufts University. 

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commissioned and 
premiered by Boston Musica 
Viva and Crossing 
Boundaries for computer- 
generated sound was 
commissioned by and 
premiered at Bates College. 
He was also appointed 
music editor of the literary 
journal Agni. 

Olga Davidson 

assistant professor of Arabic 
and Persian language and 
literature, is the author of 
two new books, 
Comparative Literature and 
Classical Persian Poetics 
published by Bibliotheca 
Iranica and Shd'er-o 
Pahlavdn dar Shdhnama 
published in Tehran in 
Persian, and the article "La 
'publication' des textes 
arabes sous forme de 
lectures publiques dans les 
mosquees," published in 

Edward Engelberg 

professor emeritus of 
comparative literature and 
European cultural studies, 
had his essay, "Escape from 
the Circles of Experience; 
D.H. Lawrence's The 
Rainbow as a Modern 
Bildungsroman," published 
in Gale's Twentieth- 
Century Literary Criticism, 
"Ambiguous Solitude: Hans 
Castorp's Sturm und Drang 
Nach Osten," appeared in A 
Companion to Thomas 
Mann's Magic Mountain 
published by Camden 
House, and a German 
translation of "...And m 
Munich," commemorating 
the 50th anniversary of this 
event, originally published 
as an op-ed piece in the 
New York Times, appeared 
in Kristallnacht, published 
by Buchendorfcr Vcrlag. 

Judith Herzfeld 

professor of biophysical 
chemistry, was appointed to 
the editorial board of the 
Biophysical journal. 

Sherry Israel 

adiunct associate professor 
of lewish communal 
service, Hornstein Program, 
became a member of the 
core faculty of the Wexner 
Graduate Student 
Fellowship Winter Institute 

and taught the second year 
cohort on the topics of 
Leadership and Group 
Process. She is also a 
member of the National 
Technical Advisory 
Committee for the 
forthcoming year 2000 
National lewish Population 
Survey of the United Jewish 
Communities. Israel was 
the keynote speaker with 
David Breal(stone 
adiunct lecturer. Heller 
School, at the Synagogue 
Council of Massachusetts 
management symposium, 
"Creating a Vision for the 
21st-century Synagogue." 

Patricia Johnston 

professor of classical 
studies, organized and 
directed a symposium on 

"The Samnites in Campania" 
in Cumae, Italy, as well as 
presenting a paper on "The 
Tabula Agnone and Vergil's 
Georgics." At the annual 
meeting of the American 
Philological Association, 
Johnston, as a member of a 
special panel on "Values in 
Vergil," presented a paper 
on "Pudor and Pietas in 
Vergil." The current Journal 
of Wine Research (v. 10, 
1999) contains many of the 
papers presented at a 
Symposium on Viticulture 
in Antiquity, held in 
Cumae, Italy, in June 1998, 
which was organized and 
directed by Johnston, 
including her article, 

"Vergil's Wine List." 

Edward Kaplan 

professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
published an essay, 
"Comment un intellectuel 
americain voit le judaisme 
frangais," in Information 
juive in Pans and "Teaching 
the Ethical Baudelaire: 
Irony and Insight in Les 
Fleurs du Mai." in 
Approaches to Teaching 
Baudelaire's Flowers of 
Evil, published by the 
Modern Language 
Association. He received a 
grant from the Lucius 
Littauer Foundation for 
volume two of his 
biography of Abraham 
Joshua Heschel. 

Richard Lansing 

professor of Italian and 
comparative literature, had 
his book. The Dante 
Encyclopedia, which he 
edited, published by 
Garland Publishing in New 
York. The encyclopedia is 
the first major resource of 
its kind in the English 
language. In April he 
delivered a talk on "Dante 
in a Technological Era" at 
Dante 2000, a conference 
sponsored by the Dante 
Society of America. In June 
he participated as a 
discussant at two 
international conferences, 
the Associazione 
Internazionale per gli Studi 
di Lingua e Letteratura 
Italiana in Gardone and the 
International Dante 
Seminar in Florence. 

Thomas McGrath 

lecturer in fine arts, 
organized a session and 
presented a paper on color 
in art at the Renaissance 
Society of America's 
conference in Florence, 
Italy. His article, "Color 
and the Exchange of Ideas 
between Artist and Patron" 
appears in the June issue of 
Art Bulletin. 

Benjamin Ravid 

Jennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
delivered a paper, "On 
Sufferance and Not By 
Right: The Status of the 
Jewish Communities of 
Early-Modern Venice" at 
the Annual Meeting of the 
Renaissance Society of 
America, held in Florence. 

Vardit Ringvald 

lecturer with rank of 
assistant professor of 
Hebrew and director, 
Hebrew and Oriental 
Language Programs, 
conducted two workshops 
sponsored by the 
Department of Jewish 
Zionist Education — The 
Jewish Agency for Israel in 
New York City. One 
workshop was on 
Language — the Proficiency 
Approach and the second on 
Language Assessment. She 
also presented a paper, 
"Beyond the Increase of 

Enrollment in Higher Level 
Courses," at the National 
Association of Professors of 
Hebrew national conference 
held in Spertus College, 

Benson Saler 

professor of anthropology, 
had his hardback edition of 
Conceptualizing Religion, 
published by Berghahn 
Books in a paperback 
edition with a new preface 
by the author. 

Howard J. Schnitzer 

Edward and Gertrude 
Swartz Professor of 
Theoretical Physics, 
lectured on "Tests of M- 
Theory using Seiberg- 
Witten Theory" at the 
Advanced School on 
Supersymmetry in the 
Theories of Fields, Strings, 
and Brunes, Santiago de 
Compostela, Spain, and the 
Workshop on Strings, 
Duality, and Geometry, 
held in Montreal, Canada. 

Yehudi Wyner 

Walter W. Naumburg 
Professor of Composition, 
had the performance of his 
Liturgical Services held at 
the Fairmount Temple in 
Cleveland with the chorus 
and orchestra of Kent State 
University and the premiere 
of his Oboe Quarter 11999) 
by the Winsor Music 

Staff Notes 

Kevin King 

coordinator and instructor, 
English as a Second 
Language Program, has 
poems coming out in future 
editions of Confrontation 
and Third Coast. 

13 Spring 2000 

ooks and Recordings 




Allan Keller 

Professor of Music 

Marian Anderson: 
A Smger's Journey 

Despite fier musical gift, 
poverty and racial bigotry 
presented obstacles to 
Marian Anderson's musical 
education and career. With 
the help of friends and 
fellowships, she studied 
abroad and returned to 
America when she was 
nearly 40 years old. In 1939, 
when the Daughters of the 
American Revolution (DAR) 
denied Anderson the use of 
Constitution Hall on racial 
grounds, Eleanor 
Roosevelt's highly 
publicized resignation from 
the DAR catapulted 
Anderson into national 

Richard Lansing, ed. 

Professor of Italian and 
Comparative Literature 

The Dante Encyclopedia 
Garland Publishing 

The Dante Encyclopedia is 
a comprehensive reference 
work that presents a 
systematic introduction to 
Dante's life and works and 
the cultural context in 
which his moral and 
intellectual imagination 
took shape. It is the only 
such work currently 
available in the English 
language. It includes entries 
on Dante's other works, is 
cross-disciplinary in its 
approach, reflects the 
present state of scholarship, 
and includes more than 200 


The G»ys LESBIAN novtfENT tecs 'c-nAtct' 



Adam Berlin '83 

Berlin teaches English at 
(ohn Jay College of 
Criminal Justice. His work 
has been published in a 
number of magazines. 

Algonquin Books 

Odessa Rose was a college 
wrestling star who blew it 
all just shy of graduation 
when he lost a match and 
beat another wrestler to a 
pulp. He has been parking 
cars and getting into brawls 
when his cousin asks him 
to take a drive to Las Vegas. 
Cousin Gary needs a 
bodyguard but Dess is 
struggling to gain eimtrol 
over his violent streak. Now 
he is in a quandary, should 
be defend his cousin or 
should he control his blood. 

Stephen Bertman, M.A. '60 

Bertman is professor of 
languages, literatures, and 
cultures at Canada's 
University of Windsor. 

Cultural Amnesia: 
America's Future and the 
Crisis of Memory 
Praeger Publishers 

Sixty percent of adult 
.•\mericans do not know the 
name of the president who 
ordered the dropping of the 
first atomic bomb while 42 
percent of college seniors 
cannot place the Civil War 
in the right half-century. 
The author offers a chilling 
prognosis for our country's 
future: psychological 
insights into the nature of 
memory with perspectives 
on the meaning and future 
of democracy. Bertman 
looks to the larger social 
forces that conspire to 
alienate Americans from 
their past: a materialistic 
creed and an electronic 

Alexandra Chasin '84 

Chasm has taught at Boston 
College, Yale University, 
and the University of 
Geneva. She is cochair of 
the board of directors of the 
International Gay and 
Lesbian Human Rights 

Selling Out: The Gay &> 

Lesbian Movement Goes to 


St. Martin's Press 

The central question that 
drives Selling Out is: What 
is the relationship between 
the gay and lesbian niche 
market and the movement 
that fights for the eivil 

14 Brandeis Review 



r Jonathan Ezor 

rights of gay men and 
lesbians' She argues that 
identity-based consumption 
and identity politics are 
closely related and together 
stand opposed to progressive 
social change. 

Rebekah L. Dorman 78 

Dorman is a developmental 
psychologist and vice 
president of Applewood 
Centers, Inc., where she 
heads the Division of 
Family and Child 

Planning. Funding. e>} 
Implementing A Child 
Abuse Prevention Project 
Child Welfare League of 

Field tested in nearly 100 
child abuse prevention 
projects throughout Ohio, 
this manual offers step-by- 
step instruction in turning 
the abstract notion of 
prevention into a blueprint 
for action. Information on 
the "nitty-gritty" of a 
project design and 
implementation is 
presented, as well as full 
coverage of child abuse 
prevention issues. 

Peter Elbow, Ph.D. '69 

Elbow IS professor of 
English and director of the 
Writing Program at the 
University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Everyone Can Write: Essays 

Toward a Hopeful Theory of 

Writmg and Teaching 


Oxford University Press 

The author begins with an 
autobiographical analysis of 
the writing difficulties that 
gave rise to his thinking. 
Implicit throughout is 
Elbow's commitment to 
humanizing the profession: 
his continuing emphasis on 
the believing game and non- 
adversarial argument. This 
book will interest everyone 
who wants to explore the 
experience of writing and 
will give practical help to 
all teachers of writing. 

Jonathan Ezor '89 

Ezor is a new-media 
attorney specializing in e- 
commerce and Web sites. 

Clicking Through: A 
Survival Guide for Bringing 
Your Company Online 
Bloomberg Press 

Clicking Through gives 
business owners the 
knowledge they need to 
jump onto the Internet. 
Several chapters deal with 
complying with 
international regulations 
and laws; understanding 
copyright and trademark for 
Web sites and links; 
maintaining privacy and 
security of consumer data; 

marketing to young 
children and teens; and 
protecting against 
complaints, lawsuits, fraud, 
and e-sabotage. 

Paul Flelsher '70 

Fleisher teaches gifted 
middle school students in 
Richmond, Virginia, in 
addition to writing 
children's books. The 
author is also active in 
organizations that work for 
peace and social justice. 

Webs of Life: Alpine 
Benchmark Books 

Up in the mountains, too 
high for trees to grow, icy 
winds whip across the rocky 
landscape of the alpine 
meadow. This picture book 
for middle-schoolers 
explores the denizens of 
this unique environment 
throughout the year. 

Sherwood L. Gorbach '55 

and Tracie L. Miller, ed. 
Gorbach is professor of 
family medicine and 
community health at Tufts 
University School of 
Medicine, Boston, and 
specializes in infectious 

Nutritional Aspects of HIV 


Arnold Publishers 

The introductory section of 
this volume explains the 
underlying physiological 

processes of malnutrition in 
HIV infection. The focus 
then moves on to the effect 
of HIV on specific body 
functions such as 
gastrointestinal function, 
micronutrient absorption, 
endocrinopathies, and other 
organ systems. The final 
section discusses types of 
nutritional and therapeutic 
interventions that can be 
used to alleviate or even 
overcome these problems. 

Jeanne Guillemin, Ph.D. '73 

Guillemin is professor of 
sociology at Boston College 
and cohead of the National 
Library of Medicine's 
HealthAware Project at 
Brigham and Women's 

Anthrax: The Investigation 
of a Deadly Outbreak 
University of California 

In 1979 the city of 
Sverdlovsk in Russia's Ural 
Mountains was struck by an 
anthrax epidemic. Official 
documents reported 64 
human deaths resulting 
from the ingestion of 
tainted meat sold on the 
black market, but rumor 
told a different story. In this 
book, the author unravels 
the mystery of what really 
happened during that tragic 
event. Anthrax has 
implications in an era of 
growing concern over 
chemical and biological 

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Ted Gup 72 

Gup is an investigative 
reporter who worked under 
Bob Woodward at the 
Washington Post, and later 
at Time. He is a professor of 
journaUsm at Case Western 
Reserve University. 

The Book of Honor: Covert 
Lives and Classified Deaths 
at the CIA 

The Book of Honor offers 
inside accounts of Hfe 
within the CIA's 
clandestine ranks. The 
author provides new 
insights into how covert 
operatives are chosen and 
trained, how they see the 
world, and the grave price 
they and their families pay 
for their lives of deception. 
Above all he shows how 
families were forced to 
grieve in silence when loved 
ones died even as they 
struggled to learn the truth 
of what happened. 

Adele H. Haft 74 

lane G. White, and Robert I. 
White. Haft is associate 
professor of classics at 
Hunter College of the City 
University of New York. 

The Key to The Name of 
the Rose.- Including 
Translations of All Non- 
English Passages 
The University of Michigan 

Umberto Eco, the author of 
The Name of the Rose, has 
created a fictional abbey 
and has filled it with 
fictional monks and a 
number of historical figures. 

moral Chaics in.Uisloru . 

:■"■" -.rvs 

, >"' 


.1- ^l/f' iMi I" |. 

This book IS intended as a 
key. Chapter one is a short 
essay on Eco; next follows a 
brief chronology of events 
that relate to the novel; 
chapter three is a glossary of 
historical and literary 
references; and chapter four 
contains page-by-page 
translations of all the non- 
English passages in the 

Ellen Levine '60 

Levine is the author of 
several books for children 
that explore civil and 
human rights subjects. 

Darkness over Denmark: 
The Danish Resistance and 
the Rescue of the Jews 
Holiday House 

Throughout World War II, 
many "good people" stayed 
on the sidelines as Hitler's 
Nazis committed horrifying 
atrocities against 6 million 
of their Jewish neighbors 
and millions of others — not 
the people of Denmark. 
Refusing to turn a blind eye, 
the Danes took action 
against their German 
occupiers and never 
relinquished faith in the 
unity of the Danish people. 
Written for ages 10 and up. 

/ Hate English 
Scholastic Inc. 

This is a touching story of 
Mei Mei, a young 
immigrant girl from Hong 
Kong, who arrives m New 
York's Chinatown. With the 
help of her teacher, Mei Mei 
learns that she can have the 
best of two worlds by 
learning to communicate in 
two languages. 

. .// You Lived at the Time 
of the Great San Francisco 
Scholastic Inc. 

A different time. ..a different 
place... What if you were 
there- This book takes you 
to San Francisco, California, 
shortly before, during, and 
after April IS, 1906. 

...// You Lived at the Time 
of Martin Luther King 
Scholastic Inc. 

If you lived at the time of 
Martin Luther King, you 
would have seen important 
changes brought about by 
the civil rights movement. 
When did the civil rights 
movement begin? Were 
children involved in civil 
rights protests? What was 
the March on Washington? 
These and other questions 
are answered m this book. 

...//' You Lived with The 


Scholastic Inc. 

This book tells what it was 
like to grow up in an 
Iroquois family hundreds of 
years ago. You will learn 
what your house was like, 
whether you could read and 
write, what holidays you 
would celebrate, and much 

Bronwyn Rebekah McFarland- 
Icke '87 

McFarland-Icke lives in 
Germany and teaches 
history in the University of 
Maryland's European 

Nurses in Nazi Germany: 
Moral Choice in History 
Princeton University Press 

This book tells the story of 
German nurses who 
participated in the Nazis' 
"euthanasia" policies from 
1939 to 1945. How could 
men and women who were 
trained to care for their 
patients come to assist m 
their murder or 
mistreatment? This is the 
central question pursued by 
the author as she details the 
lives of nurses from the 
beginning of the Weimar 
Republic through the years 
of National Socialism. 

Bernlce Zeldin Schacter, Ph.D. '70 

Schacter is a biotechnology 
consultant and visiting 
professor at Wesleyan 

Issues and Dilemmas of 
Biotechnology: A Reference 
Greenwood Press 

Recent advances in 
biotechnology in areas as 
diverse as agriculture, the 
environment, food, and 
healthcare have led to much 
debate and media attention. 
The author presents views 
of scientists, doctors, 
insurance companies, and 
big businesses on such 
issues as genetic testing, 
patenting of human gene 
sequences, cloning, and 
genetically engineered food. 

Eli Segal '64 

and Shirley Sagawa. Segal is 
president and CEO of the 
Welfare to Work 

Common Interest Common 
Good: Creating Value 
through Business and Social 
Sector Partnerships 
Harvard Business School 

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In Common Interest. 
Common Good the authors 
present a world in which 
business and social sector 
organizations, despite their 
differences, are aligning 
their common interests to 
benefit the common good — 
and measuring success in 
light of this new paradigm. 
They argue that 
corporations and 
community organizations 
led by "social 
entrepreneurs" can solve 
many of their problems by 
working together — while 
serving the common good in 
the process. 

Amy Beth Taublieb '80 

Taublieb is a licensed 
psychologist with a private 
practice specializing in 
assessment, diagnosis, and 
treatment of children, 
adolescents, and their 

A-Z Handbook of Child 
and Adolescent Issues 
Allyn and Bacon 

A comprehensive reference, 
this handbook contains 
hundreds of entries dealing 
with virtually every issue 
relevant to the psychology 
of young people. Each entry 
contains a detailed 
definition in nontechnical 
language; concrete, real-life 
examples of the topic being 
discussed; and information 
on differentiating "normal" 
behaviors from those rightly 
considered reason for 

Brandeis Series in 
American Jewish 
History, Culture, and 

Jonathan D. Sarna — Editor 
Sylvia Barack Fishman — 
Associate Editor 

hicob H. Schiff: A Study in 
American lewish 
Naomi W. Cohen 

The life of Jacob Schiff, 
banker, financier, and leader 
of the American Jewish 
community from 1880 to 
1920, is the story of an 
immigrant's success in 
America. Schiff became 
known as the foremost 
Jewish leader grappling with 
all the major issues and 
problems of the day, 
including the plight of 
Russian Jews under the 
czar, American and 
international anti- 
Semitism, care of needy 
Jewish immigrants, and the 
rise of Zionism. Naomi 
Cohen is the winner of 
several American Jewish 
book awards. She lives in 



George Kahn 

Kahn is a jazz pianist who 
has played in and around 
Los Angeles for the last 20 

Conscious Dreams 
Playing Records 

The nine songs on Kahn's 
solo piano release were 
produced, composed, and 
arranged by George Kahn. 
The songs on Conscious 
Dreams are "The Garden," 

"Procession," "Snake 
Dance," "Lydia," "Evening 
Rags," "Gurumayl," 

"Womb Tune," "Inward 
Ascent," and "Cosmos." 

Michael Kaplan '63 

Kaplan is a registered 
architect, photographer, and 
professor of architecture, 
emeritus, at the University 
of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Fallingwater: Wright and 
the 3rd Dimension 

The first commercially 
available stereoscopic 
photographs of Frank Lloyd 
Wright's work capture the 
experience of space, light, 
and materials that 
characterize what may be 
the most extraordinary 
house of the 20th century. 
Other sets in this series of 
Viewmaster® disks include 
Johnson Wax: The Wright 
Buildings and Bruce Goff: 
Three Houses. 

1 7 Spring 2000 


by Thomas Doherty 



Unabashedly nurturing 
21st century 

avarice, the mega-money 
quiz show has 

gloriously risen from 

the ashes of scandal, 
sporting a new 

look to fit the times. 


Updated and adjusted for inflation, the 
big money quiz show has re-emerged 
as a ratings bonanza for networl< 
television. ABC's megabit V\lho Wants 
to Be a Millionaire. Fox's quickie 
imitator Greed: The Multi-Million 
Dollar Challenge, and NBC's revival of 
the once radioactive Twenty-One all 
luxuriate in a guilt-free avarice that 
can only distress the tight-wad pundit 
class. Shocked at the spectacle of 
gambling going on in prime time, New 
York Times columnist Frank Rich 
attacked the shows as "the giddiest 
manifestations yet of a culture that 
offers a pornography of wealth almost 
everywhere you look." Well, one 
man's filthy lucre is another's platinum 
ticket out of Palookaville. Hard won or 
easy come, the k-ching! of cold cash 
has always been music to American 

Of course, the Puritan strain in 
American culture teaches a meaner 
lesson, a parable of material 
prosperity leading to spiritual poverty. 
In Of Plymouth Plantation, Pilgrim 
father William Bradford lamented over 
how his community of saints had 
degenerated into a band of money 
grubbing merchants, how the Church 
"that had made many rich became 
herself poor." Flash forwarding a few 
centuries, the theme was still 
enriching popular entertainment in 
Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life 
(1946), where money can't buy a 
small town's love. 

Yet America offered too good a deal 
for its children to take too much 
pleasure in the denial of pleasure. The 
cheerfully acquisitive spirit of the 
Yankee tended to subdue any 
residual Puritan guilt. The supreme 
prophet of the new creed was 
Benjamin Franklin, the only founding 
father whose face seems to crack a 
smile on the national currency. In his 
essay "The Way to Wealth" and 

throughout his Autobiography, 
Franklin set himself up as "a model fit 
to be imitated" for young hustlers 
seeking a "State of Affluence and 
Some Degree of Reputation in the 
World." The lesson was stern: by 
deferring gratification, working 
diligently, and keeping an eye out for 
the main chance, a real go-getter 
could wind up like — Ben Franklin. 
Though a harsh and time-consuming 
regimen, it had one singular virtue: for 
generations of Americans, native or 
foreign born, it worked remarkably 

So durable was Franklin's playbook 
that Horatio Alger was still spinning 
out permutations a century later. As 
the cultural historian John G. Caweiti 
notes in his marvelous study Apostles 
of The Self-Made Man: Changing 
Concepts of Success in America, the 
Horatio Alger story was not so much a 
tale of "rags to riches" as "rags to 


respectability" by way of tlie 
"traditional virtues of industry, 
economy, integrity, and piety." Yet 
Alger added a new and significant 
variable to the Franklin formula: thie 
lucky break. His agile newsboys and 
alert orphans possessed pluck and 
native smarts, but they also profited 
from an extraordinary run of good 
fortune. By saving the banker's 
daughter from being trampled by 
horses, they gained a rich patron and 
lovely wife in the bargain, 

Alger's celebration of the transforming 
power of luck was prescient. By 1 920, 
a new version of the American dream 
was congealing around the twin pillars 
of consumerism and mass 

communications. Beckoning like 
sirens from the windows of the great 
department stores, the glossy pages 
of magazines, and, most seductively 
of all, the motion pictures from 
Hollywood, the things that money 
could buy never seemed so 
tantalizingly close and infinitely 
desirable. And — as every 
advertisement now taught — every 
one of them should be enjoyed 
instantly, this very moment. Why keep 
your nose to the grindstone for 20 
years when you could hit the jackpot 
in Florida real estate or on Wall 

The 1920s were the first decade to 
celebrate shamelessly a short cut on 
the road to success: the get rich quick 
scheme, the easy money, the sure 
thing on the stock market. Attuned to 
the temper of his times, F. Scott 
Fitzgerald dramatized the new 
penchant for the quick payday in The 
Great Gafsby (1925). Bewitched by 
the glittering world of Daisy 
Buchanan, Jay Gatsby rejects his 
heartland schooling in Ben Franklin 
and takes the fast path to wealth as a 

Though the Great Depression put the 
quietus on Ben Franklin and Jay 
Gatsby, the consumer cornucopia of 
postwar affluence was fertile enough 
to nourish both versions of the 
American dream: the slow but certain 
progress up the corporate ladder and 
the sudden leap out of the 9-to-5 
grind. With luck, even the man in the 
gray flannel suit might strike it rich 

In this sense, the key to the popularity 
of the first round of television's big 
money quiz shows was their clever 
blend of America's two success 
ethics: hard-won knowledge earned 
instant wealth. The $64,000 Question 
(1955-58), The $64,000 Challenge 
(1956-58), and Tivenfy-One (1956-58) 
rewarded both brains and luck — and, 
it turned out, telegeniety. The iconic 
face-off occurred on the evening of 
December 5, 1956, on Twenty-One 
when the patrician Charles Van Doren 
defeated the schlemiel Herbert 
Stempel with an encyclopedic account 
of the wives of Henry VIII, Keeping to 

20 Brandeis Review 

the script, Stempel took a dive by 
blowing the answer to the Best Picture 
Oscar winner for 1 955 {Marty, 
symbolically enough). If the game was 
fixed, the lesson was on the up and 
up: on television, sleek, fair-haired 
boys beat out dark, pudgy nerds. 

In the wake of the quiz show 
scandals. Congress passed a federal 
law prohibiting a televised contest 
from being rigged (hence the 
designation of professional wrestling 
as an "exhibition" not a contest). 
Though the quiz show format never 
really died (the remedial Wheel of 
Fortune and the upscale Jeopardy 
have been buying vowels and 
answering in question form for 
decades), the memory of scandal kept 
the networks wary, relegating the 
format to syndication and daytime 

Until, with an exquisite sense of 
timing, Wtio Wants to Be a Millionaire 
resurrected the moribund genre. The 
present fin de slecle. after all, is not 
an epoch to be deterred by the whiff 
of scandal. However, the differences 
between the Cold War quiz show and 
the Clinton Era quiz show are telling. 
The flop-sweat inducing isolation 
booths of Twenty-One have given way 
to high tech, open-air studios, part 
Oprah support group, part computer 
savvy office space. Likewise, the 
rugged individualism of the 1950s has 
been jettisoned for the communal 
sharing of responsibility. Contestants 
may call upon "lifelines" for 
therapeutic back-up when 
experiencing brainlock. As in the 
original quiz shows, the questions are 
of escalating difficulty, but the test is a 
multiple choice guessing game, not 
answers in complete sentences. 

Needless to say, when being 
interrogated by hosts like Regis 
Philbin or Maury Povich, a graduate 
education in Greek classics or British 
history is less useful than an intimate 
familiarity with the ephemera of 
American popular culture: think of the 
SATs as if written by the editors of 
Entertainment Weekly. Thus, where 

viewers of the fifties quiz shows 
marveled at the arcane knowledge 
and grace under pressure of the 
brilliant contestant, living room players 
of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and 
the new Twenty One are more likely 
to shout out the answers at the 
dimbulb in the hot seat (Penguins, not 
grizzly bears, are native to Antarctica). 

Like the quiz shows of old, however, 
sometimes the contestants just don't 
fit the desired profile. In 1956, The 
$64,000 Question tried to torpedo the 
winning streak of Dr. Joyce Brothers, 
whose chosen area of expertise was 
boxing, because Revlon, the show's 
sponsor, frowned on her unlipsticked, 
unmascara-ed look. The producers 
fed her a trick question — asking about 
a fight referee, not a boxer — but 
Brothers, not in on the fix, aced the 
answer. Today, the contestant 
problem is also a matter of facial 
makeup: white males dominate the 
competition. Yoking demographic to 
political correctness. Regis has 
pleaded on air for more female and 
minority million dollar wannabees. 

The modern quizlings are far superior 
to the Charles Van Doren/Herbert 
Stempel generation in one important 
way. They are all seasoned television 
performers, at ease with superstar 
hosts and the glare of television lights. 

On the downside, however, the buzz 
of overnight, video-fueled celebrity 
was a new phenomenon in the 1950s: 
apres le deluge. Charles Van Doren 
found himself showered with gifts, 
marriage proposals, and job offers. As 
a commentator on The Today Show, 
he read Shakespeare to Dave 
Garroway. The first Regis-certified 
millionaire, IRS employee John 
Carpenter, got to yell "Live from New 
York! It's Saturday Night!" and chat 
with Jay Leno, but even at 15 minutes 
his allotment for fame was a stretch. 

Still, as a character-building way to 
wealth, the new quiz show is actually 
a far healthier cultural phenomenon 
than the jackpot mongering 
undertaken by a force almost as 
powerful as television: state 
governments across the nation. The 
fortunes from lotteries and scratch 
tickets rain down upon the just and 
unjust alike, true lightning bolts from 
the sky, only with a worse statistical 
probability of striking. At least the quiz 
shows demand a modicum of smarts 
from the contestants, some Horatio 
Alger nerve as Regis arches his 
eyebrow and tries to psyche them out 
("Is that your final an-suh?"). 
Appropnately, too. Who Wants to Be a 
Millionaire is hip enough to dispense 
with the question mark in the title. In 
America, everyone knows the answer 
to that one, ■ 

Thomas Doherty is associate 
professor of Film Studies (on the Sam 
Spiegel Fund), He is the author of 
Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex. Immorality, 
and Insurrection in American Cinema, 
1930-1934 (Columbia University 
Press. 1999). 

21 .Spring 2U00 

Does the impression you make on 
emergency medical staffers 
influence their efforts on your behalf? 

^1 You bet your life! 

Social Vi 

A Sociological Venture into Resuscitations 

by Stefan Timmermans 

"What can a sociologist tell us about 
resuscitation techniques?" I often face 
raised eyebrows when I tell people 
that I research contemporary life- 
saving. Actually, sociologists have a 
long tradition of studying death and 
dying. Already in the early sixties, 
social scientists showed that the 
moral question of who medical staff 
try to save rests upon deep social 
foundations. Sociologist David 
Sudnow argued that based on striking 
social characteristics — such as the 
patient's age. "moral character," and 
clinical teaching value — certain 
groups of people were more likely to 
be acted upon as "socially dead." 
Social death is a situation in which "a 
patient is treated essentially as a 
corpse, though perhaps still 'clinically' 
and 'biologically' alive." Sudnow 
shocked his readers with the following 

"Two persons in 'similar' physical 
condition may be differentially 
designated dead or not. For example, 
a young child was brought into the ER 
with no registering heartbeat, 
respirations, or pulse — the standard 
'signs of death' — and was. through a 
rather dramatic stimulation procedure 
involving the coordinated work of a 
large team of doctors and nurses, 
revived for a period of 1 1 hours. On 
the same evening, shortly after the 
child's arrival, an elderly person who 
presented the same physical signs, 
with what a doctor later stated, in 
conversation, to be no discernible 

differences from the child in skin color, 
warmth, etc., 'arrived' in the ER and 
was almost immediately pronounced 
dead, with no attempts at stimulation 

In recent years, several medical 
observers have questioned whether 
Sudnow's observations are still 
relevant. Since Sudnow studied 
hospital death and dying in the sixties, 
two important developments have 
changed the health care landscape. 
First, the growth of scientific 
knowledge and new technological 
advances were supposed to turn the 
"art" of medical practice into a 
"science" and eliminate the social 
problems of a still experimental 
resuscitation technology. According to 
this view, health care providers reach 
decisions during life-saving efforts by 
simply following scientifically validated 
resuscitation protocols until they run 
into an endpoint. 

Secondly, legislators made it 
obligatory for health care providers to 
initiate CPR in all instances in which it 
is medically indicated. Once the 
emergency medical system is alerted, 
paramedics and others have the legal 
and ethical duty to continue 
resuscitating until the protocols are 
exhausted. At the same time, ethicists 
and legislators have tried to boost and 
protect patient autonomy. The Patient 
Self-Determination Act of 1991 

mandated that patients are given 
notice of their rights to make medical 
treatment decisions and of the legal 
instruments available to give force to 
decisions made in advance. When 
patients have decided that they do not 
want to be resuscitated, the staff 
should follow the written directives 
regardless of the patient's social 

To find out whether these recent 
developments have changed since 
David Sudnow's observations, I 
observed decision-making during 112 
resuscitative efforts in two emergency 
departments and interviewed 
emergency medical staff about their 
resuscitation experiences. My 
research indicates that whether health 
care providers will aggressively try to 
save lives still depends on the 
patient's position in a moral 

During reviving efforts, age remains 
the most outstanding characteristic of 
a patient's social viability. The death 
of young people should be avoided 
with all means possible. Almost all 
respondents mentioned this belief 
explicitly in the interviews. One 
physician noted, "You are naturally 
more aggressive with younger people. 
If I had a 40 year old who had a 
massive Ml [myocardial infarction], 
was asystolic for 20 minutes, or 
something like that, I would be very 
aggressive with that person. I 
suppose for the same scenario in a 90 
year old, I might not be." A colleague 
agreed, "When you have a younger 
patient, you try to give it a little bit 

more effort. You might want to go 
another half hour on a younger person 
because you have such a difficult time 
letting the person go." According to a 
nurse, dying children "go against the 
scheme of things. Parents are not 
supposed to bury their children; the 
children are supposed to bury their 
parents." Although respondents 
hesitated uncomfortably when I asked 
them to give an age cutoff point, the 
resuscitation of young people 
triggered an aggressive lifesaving 

A second group of patients for whom 
the staff was willing to exhaust the 
resuscitation protocols were patients 
recognized by one or more team 
members because of their position in 
the community. During the interview 
period in one hospital, a well-liked, 
well-known senior hospital employee 
was being resuscitated. All the 
respondents involved made extensive 
reference to this particular 
resuscitative effort. When I asked a 
respiratory therapist how this effort 
differed from the others, he replied, "I 
think the routines and procedures 
were the same, but I think the sense 
of urgency was a lot greater, the 
anxiety level was higher. We were 
more tense. It was very different from, 
say, a 98 year old from a nursing 
home." A nurse explained how her 
behavior changed after she 
recognized the patient, 

23 Spring 2000 






"The most recent one I worked on was 
one of my college professors. He 
happened to be one of my favorites 
and I didn't even realize it was him 
until we were into the code and 
somebody mentioned his name. Then 
I knew it was him. Then all of a 
sudden it becomes kind of personal, 
you seem to be really rooting for the 
person, while as before you were just 
doing your job... trying to do the best 
you could, but then it does get 
personal when you are talking to them 
and trying to... you know... whatever 
you can do to help them through." 

Staff also responded aggressively to 
patients with whom they identified. A 
nurse reflected, "incidentally, any time 
there is an association of a 
resuscitation with something that you 
have a close relationship with — your 
family, the age range, the 
situation... there is more emotional 
involvement." Another nurse 
explained how a resuscitative effort 
became more difficult after she had 
established a relationship with the 
patient by talking to her and going 
through the routine patient 
assessment procedures. 

How do these positive categorizations 
affect the resuscitation process? 
Basically, when the perceived social 
viability of the patient is high, the staff 

will go all out to reverse the dying 
process. In the average resuscitative 
effort, four to eight staff members are 
involved. In the effort to revive a 9- 
month-old baby, however, I counted 
23 health care providers in the room 
at one point. Specialists from different 
hospital services were summoned. 
One physician discussed the 
resuscitative effort of a patient she 
identified with: "I even called the 
cardiologist. I very seldom call the 
cardiologist on the scene, and I called 
him and asked him, 'Is there anything 
else we can do?'" Often the physician 
will establish a central line in the 
patient's neck, and the respiratory 
therapists will check and recheck the 
tube to make sure the lungs are 
indeed inflated. These tasks are part 
of the protocol, but are not always 
performed as diligently in resuscitative 
attempts in which the patient's social 
viability is viewed as less. 

At the bottom of the moral hierarchy 
are patients for whom death is 
considered an appropriate 
"punishment" or a welcome "friend." 
Death is considered a "friend" or even 
a "blessing" for seriously III and older 
patients. For those patients, the staff 
agrees that sudden death is not the 
worst possible end of life. These 
patients are the "living dead." The 
majority of resuscitation attempts in 
the ED were performed for elderly 
patients — often these patients resided 
in nursing homes and were confronted 
with a staff who relied on deeply 

entrenched ageism. For example, one 
nurse assumed that older people 
would want to die. "Maybe this 80- 
year-old guy just fell over at home and 
maybe that is the way he wanted to 
go. But no, somebody calls an 
ambulance and brings him to the ER 
where we work and work and work 
and get him to the intensive care unit 
where he is poked and prodded for a 
few days and then they finally decide 
to let him go." According to a different 
nurse, older people had nothing more 
to live for: "When people are in their 
seventies and eighties, they have 
lived their lives." 

The staff considered death an 
"appropriate" retaliation for alcohol- 
and drug-addicted people. I observed 
a resuscitative attempt for a patient 
who had overdosed on heroin. The 
team went through the resuscitation 
motions but without much vigor or 
sympathy. Instead, staff members 
wore double pairs of gloves, avoided 
touching the patient, joked about their 
difficulty inserting an intravenous line, 
and mentioned how they loathed to 
bring the bad news to the belligerent 
"girlfriend" of the patient. Drunks are 
also much more likely to be nasally 
intubated rather than administered the 
safer and less painful tracheal 

24 Brandeis Review 

These negative perceptions affect the 
course and fervor of the resuscitative 
effort. For example, patients on the 
bottom of the social hierarchy were 
often declared dead in advance. In a 
typical situation, the physician would 
tell the team at 7:55 am that the 
patient would be dead at 8:05 am. 
The physician would then leave to fill 
out paperwork or talk to the patient's 
relatives. Exactly at 8:05, the team 
stopped the effort, the nurse 
responsible for taking notes wrote 
down the time of death, and the team 
dispersed. In two other such 
resuscitative efforts, the staff called 
the coroner before the patient was 
officially pronounced dead. 

Even an elderly or seriously ill patient 
might unexpectedly regain a pulse or 
start breathing during the lifesaving 
attempt. This development is often an 
unsettling discovery and poses a 
dilemma for the staff: are we going to 
try to "save" this patient, or will we let 
the patient die? In most resuscitative 
efforts of patients with assumed low 
social viability, these signs were 
dismissed or explained away. In the 
drug overdose case, an EKG monitor 
registered an irregular rhythm, but the 
physician in charge dismissed this 
observation with, "This machine has 
an imagination of its own." Along the 
same lines, staff who noticed signs of 
life were considered "inexperienced," 
and I heard one physician admonish a 
nurse who noticed heart tones for 
which "she shouldn't have listened." 
Noticeable signs that could not be 
dismissed easily were explained as 
insignificant "reflexes" that would 
disappear soon. In all of these 
instances, social death not only 
preceded but also led to the official 
pronouncement of death. 

Some patient characteristics, such as 
age and presumed medical history, 
become "master traits" during the 
resuscitative effort. The impact of 
other identity signifiers — such as 
gender, race, religion, sexual 
orientation, and socioeconomic 
status — was more difficult to observe. 
The longest resuscitative effort I 

observed was for a person with 
presumably low social viability 
because of his socioeconomic status. 
He was a white homeless man who 
had fallen into a creek and was 
hypothermic. I also noted how the 
staff made many disturbingly 
insensitive jokes during the 
resuscitative effort of a person with a 
high socioeconomic status: a well- 
dressed and wealthy elderly, white 
woman who collapsed during dinner in 
one of the fanciest restaurants in the 
city. During a particularly hectic day, 
the staff worked very hard and long to 
save a middle-aged black teacher 
who collapsed in front of her 
classroom, whereas two elderly white 
men who were also brought in in 
cardiac arrest were quickly 
pronounced dead. Epidemiological 
studies, however, suggest that race, 
gender, and socioeconomic status 
play a statistically significant role in 
overall survival of patients in sudden 
cardiac arrest. 

Even after 25 years of CPR practice, 
David Sudnow's earlier observations 
still ring true. The perceived social 
viability of a patient affects the fervor 
with which the staff engages in a 
resuscitative effort, the length of the 
reviving attempt, and probably also 
the outcome. The staff rations their 
efforts based on a hierarchy of lives 
they consider worth living and others 


for which they believe death is the 
best solution, largely regardless of the 
patient's clinical status. Children, 
young adults, and people who are 
able to establish some kind of 
personhood and overcome the 
anonymity of lifesaving have the best 
chance for a full, aggressive 
resuscitative effort. In the other cases, 
the staff might still "run the code" but 
"walk it slowly" to the point of 

The fact that personhood can be 
manipulated leaves us with an escape 
route from the pessimistic conclusion 
that resuscitating in emergency 
departments leads to needless 
aggressive life-saving for some and 
shortened resuscitations for others. In 
my book. Sudden Death and the Myth 
of CPR. I argue for giving relatives 
and friends the option to attend 
resuscitative efforts, in the same way 
that fathers have been included in the 
birthing process over the past 
decades. The current policy in most 
hospitals is to keep relatives waiting in 
a counseling room while the staff 
resuscitates. The presence of grieving 
relatives and friends during 
resuscitative efforts does not only 
render sudden death more dignified 
but also impresses upon the staff that 
they are dealing with a dying person 
who will be missed and not just with 
an any-body. ■ 

Stefan Timmermans is an 
assistant professor of sociology. 

i_:l rsim 

25 Spring 2000 

Photo by Diana DaWes 

In death, Abbie Hoffman '59 has 
come to symboHze the radical 
activism of the 1960s. He was 
there at the beginning, at the first 
mass protests against the House 
Committee on Un-American 
Activities and as an organizer for 
the southern civil rights 
movement. His fame came as a 
result of his success during the 
turbulent 1960s in fusing the 
counter-cultural hedonism of 
hippie youth with the anti- 
Vietnam war politics of the 
American left. Later, during the 
1980s, he was a very successful 
grassroots environmentalist, 
credited with saving the St. 
Lawrence River from a dredging 
program that would have 
destroyed the shoreline and 
wildlife habitat of the Thousand 
Islands region of upstate New 

Abbie always credited Brandeis for 
his intellectual awakening. He 
learned about politics at Brandeis 
and formed his core ideas about 
guilt-free Yippie idealism under 
the tutelage of Abraham Maslow, 
then chair of Brandeis's 
psychology department. "Giants 
walked in the space of my 
intellectual world," he said of the 
men and women who taught and 
spoke at Brandeis. The never- 
ending discussions that spilled 
from classroom seminars into the 
dormitories, the cafeteria, and 
onto the pages of the Justice gave 
an intellectual dimension to his 

will to be different. Brandeis 
represented a new world of 
intellectual ferment. When he 
graduated, he felt "like a God 
ready to tackle the world." 

Abbie entered Brandeis playing the 
role of a hood from Worcester, 
Massachusetts, a Jewish tough 
guy, rebel for the hell of it, 
oblivious to the idea of a cause. 
His D.A. haircut, pegged pants, 
and black leather jacket with a slit 
down the back (which he claimed 
came from a knife fight) contrasted 
with the collegiate styles of the 
other students: white bucks or 
desert shoes, shirts with button- 
down collars, tan chinos or clean 
blue jeans. Other freshmen talked 
about concerts and books; Abbie 
talked about hustling pool, 
gambling, picking up girls. At the 
first freshman mixer he stood out, 
jittcrbugging (while others did the 
lindy hop) in a shiny leopard print 
jacket and blue suede shoes. 

But Abbie was funny, smart, and 
articulate, not your ordinary street 
tough. In Worcester Abbie was 
influenced by an older friend, a 
Brandeis student named Herb 
Gamberg '5,S who, when home 
from college, hung out with him 
on the basketball court. Herb was 
a tough kid, at least in Abbie's 
imagination, and a scrappy 
ballplayer. But he was also a 
budding intellectual. He read 
serious authors like Kafka and 
Sartre, talked about 
existentialism, and expressed 

irreverent views about religion, 
politics, and the dull conformity of 
life in Worcester. In the 1950s 
many Americans looked down on 
intellectuals as weak, ineffectual, 
and somehow unmanly. By 
connecting the world of ideas to 
the more familiar street-corner 
reality. Herb Gamberg gave Abbie 
the notion that rebels could be 
intellectuals, and that there were 
exciting ideas between the covers 
of books. 

Abbie Hoffman's first reaction to 
Brandeis was shock. In high school 
at Worcester, he had been taught 
that ideas were like dogma, to be 
accepted, not questioned. But at 
Brandeis he found that ideas were 
to be challenged, altered, and even 
rejected. To Abbie this confirmed 
that his instinct to challenge 
authority was not mere mischief- 
making. At Brandeis it had 
intellectual sanction. "Most of the 
other students. ..seemed used to 
this interchange of ideas," he 
wrote in his autobiography. Soon 
to he a Major Motion Picture. "I 
was a comparative hick. Every 
new idea hit like a thunderclap." 

Brandeis in the 1950s was an 
intense and intimate self- 
contained intellectual community. 
Through fortuitous circumstance, 
the University escaped the 
McCarthyist scourge. In the early 
1950s Senator Joseph McCarthy 
sent a team of investigators on a 

27 Spring 2000 

hunt for "subversives" in Boston- 
area universities. Because 
McCarthy feared that he would be 
accused of anti-Semitism if he 
focused attention on the new 
Jewish-supported university, he 
targeted Harvard and MIT. Their 
prominence as elite universities 
would not only guarantee the 
investigation publicity, but it 
would fuel the class resentments 
that were the basis of so much of 
his working-class support. As a 
result, Brandeis was able to hire 
faculty members who would have 
been blacklisted at many other 
schools. Among them were Frank 
Manuel, a Harvard-educated 
historian who had fought with the 
communist-organized Abraham 
Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish 
Civil War and who taught Abbie's 
freshmen History of Ideas course; 
literary critic Irving Howe and 
sociologist Lewis Coser, both 
veterans of Old Left sectarian 
squabbles; Max Lerner, an 
outspoken, liberal newspaper 
columnist; Philip Reiff and Stanley 
Diamond, a Marxist sociologist 
and anthropologist, respectively; 
Leo Bronstein, a nephew of Leon 
Trotsky; Philip Rahv, who had 
flirted with Trotskyism as an 
editor of Partisan Review-, and 
Herbert Marcuse, a Marxist 
German emigre who, in 1954, had 
published Ems and Civilization, 
an attempt to reconcile the views 
of Marx and Freud. 

At Brandeis, first-year students 
were required to take an 
introductory course in psychology 
taught by Abraham Maslow, the 
chair of the department. In his 

book. Motivation and Personality, 
which Abbie used as a text, 
Maslow charged that psychology 
focused on the "darker, meaner" 
aspects of human personality — on 
man's [sic] shortcomings, his 
illnesses, his sins" — while 
ignoring the more positive side, 
"his potentialities, his virtues, his 
achievable aspirations... his 
psychological height." Instead of 
studying mental illness, Maslow 
proposed to study mental health. 
By studying the characteristics of 
psychologically actualized people, 
Maslow hoped to uncover the 
inherent human qualities that 
made the best people tick. He 
taught that social rebellion was 
not necessarily a manifestation of 
social maladjustment and that 
conformity did not necessarily 
represent healthy or moral 
behavior. When society needed 
changing, or when the status quo 
repressed an individual's need for 
self-expression, acts of rebellion 
might become a psychological 

This was music to Abbie's ears. 
John Hoffman, Abbie's father, had 
always fought Abbie's 
rebelliousness and had baited him 
for his stubborn refusal to give 

"You think the whole world is 
wrong and that you are right?" he 
would demand of Abbie. 

Now Abbie could cite the 
authority of his Brandeis professor 
to bolster his rejoinder: "You got 
it! I am right!" 

At the end of his first year, Abbie 
chose the psychology major. The 
psychology department at Brandeis 
was small and informal. Classes 
often met in Maslow's Newton 
home, and students were invited 
over for dinner and weekend 
barbecues. Maslow's humanist 
psychology was emerging as a 
controversial force in American 
psychology during the years Abbie 
was at Brandeis. In 1954 Maslow 
had initiated a committee of 
correspondence that linked 
psychologists and intellectuals of a 
sympathetic mind, including 
Gordon AUport, Eric Fromm, Kurt 
Goldstein, Paul Goodman, Rollo 
May, Ashley Montagu, Lewis 
Mumford, David Reisman, Car! 

Rogers, and Paul Tillich. This 
effort led to the recognition of 
humanist psychology as a third 
and independent intellectual force 
along with the Freudian and 
behavioristic approaches. Abbie 
attended a number of symposia 
that Maslow organized and was 
thus able to meet Fromm, Karen 
Homey, Anna Freud, Harry 
Harlow, Erik Erickson, D.T. 
Suzuki, and Alan Watts. 

The big question that bugged 
Hoffman and many of his Brandeis 
classmates was that of identity, 
the existential question, "Who am 
I?" As the children of first and 
second generation Americans, 
many Brandeis students, like 
Abbie, were the first in their 
family to be able to attend a 
university. The pressures — and the 
yearnings — to shed their ethnicity 
were powerful. But in rejecting 
their past, what were they to 
become? In their parents' time, 
young people had been expected to 
work, not socialize. One studied, 
got a job, married, raised a family, 
and built a career. Identity was 
defined by race, class, religion, and 
what t)ne did for a living. That a 
person might want to create a 
unique self-identity was 
considered self-indulgent, if not 
wicked; something actors did, or 
eccentrics, bohemians, or 
neurotics. Yet the essential fact of 
growing up during the 1950s was 
that, despite the era's political 
conservativism, society was 
undergoing a revolutionary 
transformation, bending and 
breaking under the weight of new 
consumer products and new 
economic opportunities. As the 
United States crossed an economic 
threshold into affluence, the 
notion that one could choose one's 
identity suddenly became not only 
a possibility but a problem. "The 
striking feature of present-day 
American life is precisely that 
there is no one overall mode of 
conduct," wrote Allen Wheelis in 

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The Quest for Identity, a book 
that made a profound impression 
on Hoffman when he read it in the 
hue 1950s. For the fn-st time, 
ordinary people were becoming 
aware that if they did not like the 
identity they had grown up with, 
they could mvent a new one. 

With Its radical faculty and its 
strong program in the creative 
arts, Brandeis nurtured a bohemian 
scene to which Abbie was 
naturally drawn. Being a bohemian 
at Brandeis did not then imply 
being part of a movement for 
social change. For most Brandeis 
students in the bohemian set, 
being "bo" was simply a phase, a 
way of expressing an artistic 
inclination and making their 
university years socially 
adventurous. In the era before 
drugs were widely used and at a 
time when free love was a slogan 
more advocated than practiced, 
undergraduate bohemianism was 
more an attitude than a definable 

When Abbie entered Brandeis, 
bohemianism was very much 
under the spell of European 
existentialism. The threat of 
nuclear holocaust was a constant 
reminder of the fragility and 
preciousness of life. The 
generation that came of age after 
the bomb was the first ever to face 
the possibility that human beings 
could destroy the world. The 
attitude on campus was serious 
and somber. There was little 
gaiety in the bohemian mood. 

There was also an American, more 
populist style of bohemianism. 
This was the bohemia where 
Hoffman fit, and during his years 
at Brandeis it became an ascendant 
cultural force. Bohemian populism 
represented a quest for 
authenticity in the American 
experience. In black music — jazz, 
blues, and rock 'n' roll — and in 
folk music, bohcmians found an 

aspect of American culture that 
they felt was honest and pure. Folk 
music in the postwar era often 
seemed like left-wing politics in 
cultural disguise. It was an irony 
of 1950s popular culture that the 
music that celebrated the 
organizing struggles of the labor 
union movement during the 1930s 
found its most enthusiastic 
audience among bohemian rebels,- 
and that bohemians, through their 
interest in folk music, became 
more class-conscious than the 
rank-and-file members of 
organized labor. 

Few leftists saw any political 
potential in the populist 
bohemianism of the early 1950s, 




however. In 1954 Irving Howe 
published an essay in Partisan 
Review, ruing that bohemianism — 
which he defined "as a strategy for 
bringing artists and writers 
together in their struggle with and 
for the world" — was fast 
disappearing. What passed in the 
1950s for bohemianism, Howe 
charged, was a "disreputable... 
exhibitionism" that had only an 
"incidental relationship" with the 
real thing. In actuality, 
bohemianism was on the brink of 
a revival that, for the first time, 
would transform it into a popular 

The agent for this change was the 
beat generation, a group of writers 
who had come together in the 
1940s and begun to get their works 
published in the mid-1950s. Abbie 
was immediately attracted to the 
beats because their description of 
life in the United States was true 
to his own experience. "They were 
talking about heavy shit in a 
language that was American," 
Abbie said in a 1983 interview 

29 Spring 2000 

with the author. "Any movement 
would have had to he American to 
reach us at that time. We could 
not be influenced by any foreign 
ideology, it would have been 
totally alien. So it would have had 
to have images of baseball and 
pool halls, Coney Island, Denver, 
and Paterson, New Jersey, the 
bomb, and supermarkets in 
California to make any sense. It 
would have had to use the 
rhythms of jazz, because those of 
us who had made the break with 
mainstream America were already 
listening to rhythm and blues, 
which was black and also sexy." 

In Irving Howe's course on 
American literature, Abbie read 
James T. Farrell, John Steinbeck, 
John Dos Passos, and other 
American writers with social 
concerns and learned, he said, to 
distinguish the American reality 
from the apple-pie mythology he 
had been taught, "so that was 
education as a subversive act 
which is the only proper 
education..." But Howe had no 
sympathy for the beat rebellion 
and, according to Hoffman, 
attacked beat writers as 
"guttersnipes" for their use of dirty 
language. By attacking the beats, 
Howe made them seem 
interesting. "For those of us who 
were in a rebellious mood, just to 
rebel against Irving Howe we went 
out and bought the beat 
literature," Abbie remembered. 

Abbie identified with the 
bohemian crowd at Brandeis, but 
he was not a hard-core bohemian. 
He continued to gamble at cards 
and on the horses. He remained a 
jock, playing pickup basketball, 
baseball, varsity wrestling, and 








tennis (he was captain of the 
tennis team in his senior year). 
Years later, he commented on how 
his love of sports compromised his 
standing as a bohemian. "I liked 
the role of being the jock who was 
a bohemian and the bohemian 
who was also the jock." A rebel 
among rebels, he exulted in the 
role of the outsider, and "always 
wanted to be none of the above." 

There were other aspects of 
Abbie's life that made him suspect 
to hard core bohemians. Although 
he gave up driving a Corvette for a 
more suitable Volkswagen bug, he 
also acquired a big-finned Cadillac 
in a poker game and insisted, the 
few times he got it running, on 
driving it around campus to the 
derision of the bohemian crowd. 
Worse, from the standpoint of 
bohemian orthodoxy, he reveled in 
what Ellen Maslow, Abbie's friend 
and Abe Maslow's daughter, called 
'his crazy business genius." 
Through his friendship with a 
racetrack tout who had an interest 
in a Waltham delicatessen, Abbie 
and his roommate, Manny 
Schreiber '59, began to sell 
submarine sandwiches late at 
night in the Brandeis dormitories. 
Funny, upbeat, and radiating "pure 
salesman energy," it was in the 
role of "the sub man," that Abbie 
was best known at Brandeis. Abbie 
earned $80 a week selling subs — 
more than most blue collar kids 
could make working full-time. He 
used the money to keep his cars on 
the road and take a summer trip 
through Europe after his junior 
year. Schreiber used the 
friendships he made selling subs to 
help him become president of the 
senior class. 

In the 1950s, according to the 
popular myth, everyone in 
America was happy; those who 
weren't satisfied must therefore be 
either maladjusted or — worse — 
communist. Cracks in the postwar 
political consensus were beginning 
to appear, however. In 1954 the 
U.S. Supreme Court had 
unanimously outlawed public 
school segregation in the South. 
Television news coverage of the 
white South's violent resistance to 
integrated schooling forced the 
racial issue into the nation's 
consciousness. In December 1955, 
Rosa Park, a black seamstress with 
a history of social activism, was 
arrested for refusing to sit in the 

back of a bus as required by law in 
Montgomery, Alabama. The 
subsequent Montgomery bus 
boycott brought the Reverend 
Martin Luther King to the 
forefront of the civil rights 
movement and transformed the 
struggle for civil rights into a more 
aggressive, though still 
nonviolent, grassroots movement. 
During the Montgomery boycott, 
King came to speak at Brandeis 
and drew the biggest crowd in the 
University's history. Abbie 
recalled the "reverential" feeling 
that everyone had for the young 
minister. Though "awestruck," he 
was unsure of how he, or anyone 
at Brandeis, could support the civil 
rights struggle. The South was 
another world. And the students 
had no sense of themselves as a 
generation with a role to play 
outside the mainstream political 

By the tepid standards of 1950s 
politics, Brandeis was a hotbed of 
left-wing radicalism. In 1954 
Irving Howe and Lewis Coser had 
helped start Dissent magazine in 
order to combat the influence of 
Stalinism on leftist politics and 
sustain a vision of democratic 
socialism. The ideological battles 
of the Old Left often provoked 
heated debates among the 
University's left-leaning faculty, 
but these conflicts didn't interest 
Abbie. The American Revolution, 
on the other hand, fascinated him. 
For one history project he retraced 
the movements of the minutemen 
in the battles of Concord and 
Lexington. Tom Paine and Samuel 
Adams were his particular heroes. 
Like the radicals of the 1960s, he 
would later point out, they created 
their own underground press to fan 
the flames of rebellion. They 
didn't always stick to the facts but 
imderstood the necessity of 
publicizing themes that would 
ring true to the colonists' 
experience. And they understood, 
as he understood, that they didn't 
need a popular majority to start 
their revolution. ("You are never 
talking about a majority," he 
explained to Benny Avni in an 
interview published in Tikkun 
magazine. "You are talking about 

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Among the many radicals who 
spoke at Brandeis, Dorothy Day 
and Saul Alinsky interested Abbie 
the most. Both were committed to 
action rather than theory. Day was 
the founder of the Catholic 
Worker movement and had 
dedicated her life to service among 
the poorest of the poor. Her 
religious-based radical pacifism 
also made her an advocate of civil 
disobedience against nuclear 
weapons. There was a purity to her 
politics that left no room for 
sectarian squabbling. Alinsky was 
famous as a community organizer 
among white working-class ethnic 
groups in Chicago. He had a 
combative personality and a flair 
for theatrical confrontation that 
inspired Abbie. Abbie dug his 
down-to-earth talk and the street- 
tough tactics with which he 
wrested concessions from 
Chicago's rulers. In his own words, 
Abbie became "somewhat of a 
groupie," going to hear Alinsky 
every time he spoke in Boston and 
following him to his hotel to talk 
more about community 

But Abraham Maslow was Abbie's 
real hero, self-actualization his 
personal goal. In the early 1960s 
when Abbie became involved in 
the civil rights movement (in 
Worcester and, later, as the 
organizer of Liberty House, a retail 
outlet for Mississippi's cooperative 
craft movement) and then the 
movement against the Vietnam 
War, Abbie would view politics 
from a Maslovian perspective. 
"Most of all, I loved Professor Abe 
Maslow," Abbie wrote in Major 
Motion Picture, a statement that is 
remarkable because Maslow 
bitterly disapproved of Abbie and 
everything he stood for during the 
Vietnam War protest years. "There 
was something about his 

humanistic psychology (considered 
radical at the time) that I found 
exhilarating amidst the general 
pessimism that pervaded Western 
thought. A hundred years of 
examining the dark side of human 
experience, chiefly because of the 
influence of Darwin and Freud, 
would be set in perspective by 
Maslow's insights regarding 
healthy motivation. . . .Maslovian 
theory laid a solid foundation for 
launching the optimism of the 
sixties," he would write in his 
autobiography. "Existential, 
altruistic, and upbeat, his 
teachings became my personal 

On April 12, 1989, Hoffman was 
found dead in his apartment in 
Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The 
coroner's report called his death 
suicide; he had swallowed 150 
phenobarbitals and washed them 
down with alcohol. The news 
shocked but did not surprise those 
who were close to him. In 1980 he 
had been diagnosed as having 
bipolar disorder, more commonly 
know as manic-depression. He 
often stopped taking the lithium 
that his doctor prescribed and was 
subject to extreme mood swings. 
In 1983 he had gone from a manic 
high into a severe depression and 
attempted suicide. In 1989 he was 
involved in an auto accident (he 
was eating an ice cream cone and 
drifted into oncoming traffic while 
trying to shift gears) that left him 
in severe pain. A period of relative 
stability came to an end, plunging 
him into a black hole of depression 
and a successful suicide attempt. ■ 

Marty Jezer was active in the anti- 
Vietnam War movement with 
Abbie Hoffman. In addition to 
Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel 
(Rutgers University Press, 1992), 
he is the author of Stuttering: A 
Life Bound Up in Words-, The 
Dark Ages: Life in the USA. 1945- 
1960; and Rachel Carson: Biologist 
and Author. He has published in 
many periodicals and writes a 
weekly newspaper column for the 
Brattleboro (VT) Reformer. 


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31 Spring 2000 


ommencement 2000 

Dean of 

Admissions and 
Financial Aid 
David Gould leads 
the sin,^ing of 
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33 Spring 2000 

Brandeis Celebrates its 
49th Commencement 

More than 1,000 blue and 
white balloons rained down 
on the University's 49th 
Commencement May 21, 
where retired Archbishop 
Desmond Tutu of South 
Africa told 694 graduating 
seniors to "rise toward the 
compassionate and the 

"Like Martin Luther King, I, 
too, have a dream," said 
Tutu, "that one day my 
children will recognize that 
they are part of a family 
where there are no 
outsiders. We are a family, 
and all belong. 

"We are capable of c]uite 
extraordinary evil. But 
that's not the whole story. 
Human beings can be so 
good," he said. 

He urged the graduates to 
become part of a world 
family where each 
contributes according to 
ability and each receives 
according to need. 

Among the graduating 
seniors was Judy Hanley, 
4H, of Waltham, 
Massachusetts, and her son 
Patrick, 22, who donned cap 
and gown together — the 
first college graduates in 
Hanley's family history. 

Brandeis also conferred 391 
graduate degrees and 
presented honorary degrees 
to TutU; glass artist Dale 
Chihuly; biochemist Daniel 
E. Koshland Jr. of the 
University of California, 
Berkeley; George Mitchell, 
former U.S. Senate majority 
leader; Michael Sandel '75, 
the esteemed author, 
professor of government at 
Harvard, and Brandeis 
Trustee; and Sylvia 
Poggioli, foreign 
correspondent for National 
Public Radio. 

Tutu relayed a parable 
about a farmer who believes 
his lowly chicken is just a 
lowly chicken until a wise 
man tells him it is an eagle 
waiting to soar. 

"Rise to what God wants us 
to be — eagles and not 
chickens," Tutu said to 
loud applause. 

'We are created from God," 
he said. "It is evil; it is 
blasphemous for even one 
person to be mistreated." 

The graduates and their 
families and friends, faculty 
members, administrators, 
staff, and alumni packed the 
Gosman Center for the 
ceremony. The balloons 
were suspended from the 
ceiling and were dropped as 
the newly minted graduates 
watched the academic 

'You are forever a part of 
Brandeis and its history," 
Brandeis President fehuda 
Reinharz told the graduates 
at the start of the ceremony. 

"You made the campus a 
livelier place." 

Gershom Smith '00 
delivered the address to his 
fellow seniors, telling them 
that it IS "through the 
power of the Brandeis 
students' perpetual 
discontent that we have 
made, and will continue to 
make the world a better 
place." (See sidebar.) 

Graduate student speaker 
Jessica Pisano, Ph.D. '00, 
told her fellow students 
that, "The understanding of 
our place in society is built 
on the knowledge of all the 
niches in our global 
community and the simple 
things necessary for a good 
life." (See sidebar.) 

Before the main ceremony, 
mini-commencements were 
held by many of the 
individual academic 
departments and programs 
such as Women's Studies, 
The Heller Graduate 
School, and the Graduate 
School of International 
Economics and Finance, 
among others. 

— Dennis Ncalon 

34 Brandeis Review 

Honorary Degree 

Dale Chihuly 
Doctor of Fine Arts 

Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. 
Doctor of Science 

George J. IVIitchell 
Doctor of Laws 

Sylvia Laura Poggioli 
Doctor of Humane Letters 

Dale Chihuly is a sculptor 
in glass whose works appear 
in the collections of nearly 
200 museums throughout 
the world. In 1986 he 
became only the fourth 
American to be honored 
with a one-man exhibition 
at the Musee des Arts 
Decoratifs in Pans. 
Numerous other exhibitions 
of his work have traveled to 
lapan and throughout 
Europe. Permanent 
installations of major works 
are widespread, including an 
18-foot chandelier for the 
main entrance of the 
Victoria and Albert 
Museum in London. In 

1995, he began the 
landmark project "Chihuly 
over Venice," for which he 
coordinated the interaction 
of his team of glassblowers 
with teams in Finland, 
Ireland, Mexico, and Italy to 
produce thousands of glass 
sculptures, many of which 
were incorporated in 14 
chandeliers installed above 
the canals of Venice in 

1996. Another ambitious 
exhibition was mounted in 
1999 when, with support 
teams from Seattle and 
Israel, he created 15 
installations within the 
ancient walls of the Tower 
of David Museum of the 
History of lerusalem. He 
was born in Tacoma, 
Washington, and is 
cofounder of the Pilchuck 
Glass School near Seattle. 

Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. is 
professor of the Graduate 
School, Division of 
Biochemistry and Molecular 
Biology, at the University of 
California at Berkeley. He is 
one of the senior statesmen 
of science and originator of 
the "induced fit theory," 
one of the most 
fundamental conceptual 
advances in biochemistry, 
which has had extensive 
ramifications for enzymes 
and the control and 
regulation of biological 
systems. The author of 
hundreds of scientific 
articles, he served from 
1985 to 1995 as the editor of 
Science magazine, 
America's foremost general 
science journal. The 
recipient of numerous 
awards, he is credited with 
a reorganization of the life 
sciences at the University of 
California at Berkeley into 
one of the top two or three 
programs in the nation. His 
honors and awards include 
the Albert Lasker Medical 
Science Special 
Achievement Award for a 
lifetime devoted to 
elevating science to its 
highest level, the National 
Medal of Science, the Merck 
Award of the American 
Society of Biochemistry and 
Molecular Biology, and the 
Brandeis University 
Rosenstiel Award. He is a 
member of the National 
Academy of Sciences and 
the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences. 

George J. Mitchell has been 
a United States senator and 
special advisor to the 
president. Born in 
WaterviUc, Maine, he 
received his bachelor's 
degree from Bowdoin 
College in 1954 and earned 
a law degree from 
Georgetown University in 
I960. After two years as a 
trial lawyer in the Justice 
Department's Antitrust 
Division, he served as 
executive assistant to 
Senator Edmund Muskie. 
Remaining active in Maine 
state politics after returning 
to private practice, he 
accepted the post of U.S. 
attorney for the state in 
1977 and was appointed a 
U.S. district court judge by 
President Jimmy Carter in 
1979. In 1980, he was 
appointed to fill the 
remaining two years of the 
vacated senate seat upon 
Senator Muskie's 
appointment as Secretary of 
State. In 1987 he was 
appointed to the Select 
Committee on the Iran- 
Contra Affair, which 
propelled him into the 
national spotlight and 
helped him achieve the 
position of Senate majority 
leader the following year. 
He retired from the Senate 
in 1994. In 1995, President 
Clinton appointed him 
special advisor on Northern 
Ireland, a position he held 
until 1998. 

Sylvia Poggioli is a foreign 
correspondent for National 
Public Radio. Her reports 
emanate from Rome, other 
parts of Europe, and the 
Middle East. The daughter 
of Italian anti-fascists who 
were forced to flee Italy 
under Mussolini, she was 
born in Providence, Rhode 
Island, and grew up in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
She was graduated from 
Harvard College in 1968 
with a degree in romance 
languages and literature, 
and later studied in Italy 
under a Fulbright 
Scholarship. She served as 
an editor on the English- 
language desk for the Ansa 
News Agency in Italy for 15 
years. She joined NPR in 
1982 and her distinctive 
reporting has encompassed 
the fall of communism in 
Eastern Europe, the 
turbulent civil war in the 
former Yugoslavia, the Gulf 
War, and the travels of Pope 
John Paul II. She spent a 
year at The Shorenstein 
Center for Press, Politics, 
and Public Policy at 
Harvard University. In 
1994, she was elected a 
fellow of the American 
Academy of Arts and 
Sciences "for her 
distinctive, cultivated, and 
authoritative reports on 
'ethnic cleansing' in 
Bosnia." She is the recipient 
of numerous prizes, 
including two earned in 
1993 for her reports from 
Bosnia: the George Foster 
Peabody Award and the 
Edward Weintal Jotirnalism 

35 Spring 2000 

Michael J. Sandel 75 
Doctor of Humane Letters 

Michael Sandel '75, is an 
author, lecturer, and 
professor of government at 
Harvard University, whose 
classes are routinely among 
the most heavily attended. 
Born in Mmneapolis, 
Minnesota, he earned his 
bachelor's and master's 
degrees at Brandeis 
University where he was 
graduated summa cum 
laude in 1975 earning a Phi 
Beta Kappa membership and 
a Rhodes scholarship. From 
Oxford University, he 
received his doctorate in 
politics and philosophy in 
1981. He has received 
fellowships from the Ford 
Foundation, the American 
Council of Learned 
Societies, and the National 
Endowment for the 
Humanities, and in 1998 
delivered the Tanner 
Lectures on Human Values 
at Braserose College, 
Oxford. He has lectured 
widely on political 
philosophy, ethics, and 
American politics, and is 
the author of Democracy's 
Discontent: America in 
Search of a Public 
Philosophy and Liberalism 
and the Limits of Justice, as 
well as articles in Political 
Theory, Harvard Law 
Review, and The 
New Republic. He is also 
the editor of the book. 
Liberalism and its Critics. 
He is a member of the 
Brandeis University Board 
of Trustees and chair of its 
Academic Affairs 

Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu 
Doctor of Humane Letters 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 
the Robert W. Woodruff 
Visiting Professor at the 
Chandler School of 
Theology at Emory 
University, has devoted 
much of his life to the fight 
against apartheid. Born in 
Klerksdorp, South Africa, he 
trained first as a teacher, 
was ordained an Anglican 
priest, and received his 
master's degree in theology 
from King's College in 
London. He was the first 
black Bishop of 
Johannesburg and the first 
black Archbishop of Cape 
Town. In 1976, he entered 
the struggle against 
apartheid, warning the 
South African prime 
minister of the potential for 
violence inherent in 
apartheid. Within days of 
sending the letter, student 
riots erupted. From 1978 to 
1985, he served as General 
Secretary of the South 
African Council of 
Churches (SACC), receiving 
the Nobel Peace Prize in 
1984 as a "gesture of 
support for him and the 
SACC." In 1994, he helped 
institute free South African 
elections. In 1996, he 
retired as Archbishop of 
Cape Town and was 
appointed by President 
Mandela to chair the Truth 
and Reconciliation 
Commission, established to 
investigate crimes 
committed during 

Remarks of the 
Student Speakers 

Gershom Smith '00 
Senior Class Speaker 

Friends, Family, Guests — 
Brandeis University was 
founded on a cornerstone of 
Truth, so in the interest of 
honesty, I believe that it is 
only fair that you know that 
this is the earliest most of 
us have woken up since 
high school. 

A couple of years ago, 
Mazda advertised its new 
cars with the slogan, "It 
lust Feels Right." 
Physically, there is little 
about Brandeis that would 
support such a claim. We 
are a school short on 
creature comforts. When I 
was a freshman, the heat 
came on in the Renfield 
dorm every morning at 6:05. 
I know this because the 
banging pipes woke me up 

36 Brandeis Review 

at exactly that time every 
day. This allowed my room 
to be heated to the cozy 
temperature of one million 
degrees Fahrenheit, where it 
stayed from about 
November through March. 
Around the same time, 
some of the smaller East 
Bugs were caught in a 
common room doing tequila 
shots and watching Days of 
Our Lives. As a junior, I 
was privileged to see the 
running of the mice in the 
lower Mods. As a senior, I 
have stared down death 
every morning attempting 
to cross South Street at 
9:00 am. I have journeyed 
from the depths of the Mods 
to the heights of Rabb. I 
have eaten cafeteria food 
and seen its destructive 
effects on our youth. I have 
searched for truth, meaning 
and an open practice room 
m Slosberg. For four years, I 
have heard men complain 
about the Brandeis women. 
For four years, I have heard 
women complain about the 
Brandeis men. And I come 
before you today with two 
hypotheses: (II We're all 
ugly, or (2) We really just 
like to complain. 

Those of you who go to 
school here or went to 
school here know that at 
Brandeis complaining is 
more than a means to an 
end — it's like a hobby, or a 
pasttime. One might even 
say that it is tradition. In 
1948, this school was 
founded by a group of 
visionary complainers who 
saw a need. In the 1960s, 
this school was a Mecca for 
complainers from around 
the world. The way we see 
It, we are just following in 
their dissatisfied footsteps. 

But with all of our 
complaints, one might be 
tempted to ask why it is 
that we stick around at all. 
Why do we stay here? Why 
do we love this place? There 
are many colleges out there 
that have better facilities, 
more amenities, and a larger 
overall number of football 
teams. But there is a certain 
something that they all 

There is something here 
that "just feels right." 
Guests feel it when they 
visit our campus. First-years 
feel it the moment they 
arrive, we see it in the eyes 
of graduation-day seniors. It 
IS a rare collegiate 
phenomenon called 
Community. It is a bond, a 
feeling of unity, that 
somehow permeates the 
Brandeis air. We see it in 
the way professors treat 
students, and in the way 
students treat professors. 
We see it in the way 
professors treat professors, 
and in the way students 
treat students. There is 
never an air of fierce 
competition, but rather a 
shared enioyment in the 
learning process and the 
college experience. Students 
push each other to do 
better, and pull each other 
to help those who might 
otherwise fall behind. There 
is a general feeling that 
people care about one 
another here, and that 
people care about what kind 

of place Brandeis is. It is a 
testament to the kind of 
people this University 
fosters. Individuals who act, 
but act with the 
understanding that 
selfishness is ultimately 
self-defeating. For however 
we may sow as individuals, 
we must reap as a 

And just look what this 
little community has 
created. In March, a bunch 
of poor college students 
came together and in one 
night raised over $10,000 
for the Waltham Group. It is 
such a pleasure to have a 
march for campus safety 
each year and know that we 
are largely preaching to the 
choir. We are not merely a 
college — we are a 
community, and it is 
understood that in the 
Brandeis community, 
certain things are simply 
not done. 

Just imagine what kind of 
world this would be if 
everyone worked as 
tirelessly for their causes as 
they do m Triskelion and 
Hillel and BURP and 
Mitzvah Corp and Food for 
Thought and countless 
others. Just imagine a world 
where people came together 
for no other reason than to 
act and sing and dance. 
Where people united just to 
make others happy. Perhaps 
it is coming. 

For the Brandeis 
community stretches 
beyond the college's 
Waltham walls. When one 
meets a Brandeis alumnus 
anywhere in the world, 
there is an instantaneous 
bond. We trust and help one 
another because the rules of 
the Brandeis community 
remain intact wherever we 
go, and with whomever we 
associate. We say "Truth, 
even unto its innermost 
parts." But we also mean 
truth unto the outermost 
reaches of our world. 

We graduate today 694 
complainers; 694 young 
men and women kvetching 
their way into the 21st 
century. So why are we 
proud of this? Because the 
world is only changed by 
the kvetchers. Satisfaction 
improves nothing, 
contentment is pessimism. 
It is through the power of 
the Brandeis students' 
perpetual discontent that 
we have made, and will 
continue to make, the world 
a better place. And it is our 
experience in the sanctuary 
of the Brandeis community 
that shows us that outside 
there is a great deal about 
which to be discontent. It is 
our experience of the 
Brandeis community that 
serves as a model for what 
the world ought to be. It is 
this model, this blueprint, 
that we carry with us as we 
leave our Brandeis home to 
build new homes wherever 
we may go. New homes 
built on a foundation of 
truth. New homes built 
with bricks of 
understanding. New homes 
whose halls are warmed by 
the fire of community long 
before 6:05 am. 

37 Spring 2000 

Jessica Pisano, Ph.D. '00 
Graduate Speaker 

When I look at the tangible 
skills I have gained in 
graduate school, it is hard to 
imagine how they can be 
applied to life outside the 
laboratory. I can tell you the 
age of a rat embryo and am 
really good with a 
microscope. While these 
skills can be distilled into 
larger concepts such as self- 
motivation and attention to 
detail the truest lessons I 
have learned here are those 
that have made me more 
aware of the importance of 
humanity, lift me out of the 
ivory tower of academia, 
and show me my place in 
the global community — I 
challenge you today to find 
the parallels in your own 

I had just finished an 
experiment that had started 
at 4:30 in the morning in a 
dark, cold room and 
continued for 96 hours. My 
father was feeding me my 
first meal in days and I was 
trying to explain how I 
felt — isolated and confused 
and broken. Instead of 
sympathy, my father told 
me about the summer he 
was in graduate school and 
worked the night shift at 
the steel mill to pay for the 
privilege of long 
experiments, intellectual 
anxiety, and angst. Through 
long, difficult experiments I 
came to appreciate the 
relative ease of my tasks 
and gained respect for those 
who labor without a family 
to pamper them when the 
experiment is done, because 
their experiment is never 

When I started graduate 
school, I knew that I would 
work long hours for little 
pay, but did not know how 
this would affect my sense 
of self-worth. The hardest 
part of being my age and 
still a shabby student is 
being looked down upon by 
people who are not aware 
that poor, shabby graduate 
students are the ones who 
make scientific discoveries 
and medical breakthroughs. 
Overworked, underpaid, and 
unappreciated by the 
society for which we 
sacrifice — we are not alone. 
While as graduate students 
this IS a transient stage of 
our lives, there are many 
people who work very hard 
at critical jobs that keep our 
world going who are never 
noticed or appreciated. I 
have learned this lesson and 
strive to show my 
appreciation for those who 
go unnoticed as they toil. 

Despite these humbling 
realizations, graduate 
school has also taught me to 
savor the purest necessities. 
During graduate school I 
kept extra socks and a clean 
T-shirt in my desk drawers. 
My family called my lab, 
not my home, my 
friendships became 
fractured into occasional 
phone calls and I ate with a 
timer by my side. Now, I 
will be able to bring the 
gifts of family, friends, and 
the freedom back into my 
life and will treasure them 
for having done without for 
so long. 

Here in this place of higher 
learning, supported by 
society, we graduate 
students must realize that 
we have been given the gift 
of this toil and isolation. 
We can complain about the 
hours, degradation, and self- 
doubt, yet we must realize 
how lucky we are in that 
this is a passing phase in 
our lives. We can appreciate 
the most simple of 
blessings — family and 
freedom — because we have 
done without them. The 
understanding of our place 
in society is built on the 
knowledge of all the niches 
in our global community 
and the simple things 
necessary for a good life. 
May we take these lessons 
to heart, and stride into our 
specialty fields with humble 
dignity and appreciation for 
those around us. May we go 
well and safely. 

38 Brandeis Review 

Teaching Awards 

Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for 
Teaching presented by Irving R. 
Epstein, Provost and Senior Vice 
President for Academic Affairs 

The consistent themes in 
Professor Michael Randall's 
course and teacher 
evaluations have been his 
love for his subject, French 
literature, his profound 
knowledge of the material, 
his sense of humor, and 
finally, his respect for his 
students. As one student 
put It, "(he) is willing to 
show his support for the 
material he is teaching. He 
does this not by forcing his 
opinion on others, but by 
introducing information and 
guiding students to decipher 
that new information." 
Since he began teaching at 
Brandeis in 1994, his 
students have remarked on 
these themes again and 
again. As one put it rather 
bluntly, "he actually gives a 
damn about his students." 

His colleagues, having 
observed his interactions 
with students, cite him for 
being "down-to-earth, 
tough, challenging, giving, 
and inspiring. Because the 
Michael L. Walzer Award 
for Teaching is also about 
scholarship and scholarly 
potential, we should note 
that his book. Building 
Resemblance: Analogical 
Imagery in the Early French 
Renaissance, is a first-rate 
contribution to the field of 
late medieval and 
Renaissance literary and 
cultural studies, covering a 
wide range of literary and 
philosophical texts. His new 
book, currently in 
manuscript, Of Rat and 
Cats: The Sovereign. The 
Individual and Community 
m the French Renaissance, 
investigates how the early 
modern political state and 

its literary representation 
were obsessed as much with 
the loss of the sense of 
community as with the 
quest for individuality. 
Colleagues have praised 
him for his sound research, 
his daring and courageous 
stands and his expertise in 
diverse fields. His 
contributions to his 
department, to the 
University with his service 
on COAS and the 
Adjudication Committee all 
contribute to the profile of a 
colleague involved in his 
teaching, his scholarship, 
and his community. ..a 
Renaissance man! 

Winning the Walzer award 
and being awarded tenure in 
the same semester are 
achievements to be proud of 
and we are pleased to 
present this year's Walzer 
Award to its 18th recipient, 
Michael Randall of the 
Department of Romance 
and Comparative Literature. 

Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for 
Excellence in Teaching presented 
by Irving R. Epstein 

Introductory calculus is an 
initiation rite experienced 
by hundreds of our first year 
students. Making sure that 
It is not too painful — and 
that most of them 
succeed — is a difficult task. 
We have been fortunate that 
the oversight of the 
introductory calculus 
program is in the hands of 
one our own graduates who 
also happens to be a 
formidable teacher who 
brings many special gifts to 
this important program and 
to her own students in the 
courses that she teaches. 

Professor Susan Parker 
began teaching at Brandeis 
while she was still in 
graduate school; while a 
graduate she helped to 
design the program that 
trains our TAs to teach 
calculus, she got herself 
hired as the first director of 
that program, and then 

went on to complete her 
Ph.D. in 1993. She joins 
Marc Brettler, the winner of 
the Walzer Award for 
Teaching in 1991, as the 
only other Brandeis alum to 
be the recipient of one of 
these coveted prizes. 

As one of her eloquent 
students once said, in 
response to whether he 
would nominate her for a 
teaching award, "whoever 
can make math interesting 
for three hours a week to a 
non-math major deserves an 
award, because she's just 
great and I love her!!! Isn't 
that enuff (sic.)?" While 
that might not be quite 
enough, many of her other 
students have cited her for 
being "fantastic... 
excellent... amazing... 
helpful. ..available... going 
beyond the call of duty." 
Because she is always 
willing to meet with 
students and to extend 
herself to them, one 
remarked that we should 
probably add "student 
counselor" to her title. Like 
some of us she also has 
weaknesses, and as one of 
her recommenders noted, 
her "main weakness is that 
she is only human. She 
can't do everything, and 
sometimes she tries to do 
too much." Finally, as one 
of her students said, "her 
skill as a lecturer createjs) a 
great class. She should win 
more teaching awards." We 
have only one for her, the 
Louis Dembitz Brandeis 
Prize for Excellence in 

Lerman-Neubauer Award to 
Robert Szulkin presented by 
Robin Feuer Miller, Dean of Arts 
and Sciences 

It IS an honor to present our 
beloved colleague. Bob 
Szulkin, with the second 
annual Jeanette Lerman- 
Neubauer and Joseph 
Neubauer Prize for 
Excellence in Teaching and 
Counseling. I will say a few 
words about this teaching 
prize and then talk to you a 
bit — just a bit — about Bob. 

As many of you know, 
leanette Lerman, Brandeis 
Class of 1969, is a Trustee 
of the University and a 
distinguished recipient of 
the Alumni Achievement 
Award in 1993. When she 
and Joseph Neubauer 
celebrated their marriage, 
they invited their guests to 
give donations to Brandeis 
in lieu of wedding gifts. 
This established the Lerman 
Neubauer Prize which 
recognizes teaching and 
counseling excellence on 
the Brandeis faculty. 

They must have had Bob in 
mind. It's no surprise to 
find that Bob is as respected 
and loved by the students as 
he is by his fellow faculty. 
Just try walking down the 
hill to the Faculty Center 
with him. Nearly every 
student trudging up the hill 
stops to talk. Nominations 
of Bob for the Lerman- 
Neubauer Prize came to the 
selection committee, 
composed of faculty, 
students, and 
administrators, from 
seniors, from alumni, and 
from the Brandeis 

Bob arrived at Brandeis in 
1963. From the start he 
immersed himself in the 
totality of Brandeis — he 
knows our University's 
warts, woes, and wonders. 
No surprise then that 
during his 37 years here he 
has served on virtually 
every important faculty 

39 Spring 2000 

committee, frequently as 
chair. The hst runs for two 
pages. I'm not going to read 
it. He has also taught, in 
addition to UHUM, USEM, 
and Yiddish literature, 
virtually every course our 
department offers — ranging 
v/ith depth and eloquence 
from poetry to prose, from 
the Middle Ages to the 
present, although his 
primary teachmg and 
scholarly interest has been 
m the Russian theater. His 
courses have become 
legendary. I remember one 
bleak autumn when his 
theater course had over 50 
students enrolled and my 
Chekhov course had two. 
"Don't worry," said Bob. At 
the next class I had eight 
students; Bob's enrollments 
had mysteriously dropped 
by six. Did I ever say 
thanks. Bob? 

Bob's virtuosity as a teacher 
and university citizen has 
been paralleled by his wide 
ranging and fascinating 
scholarly output. His many 
articles and translations are 
scattered like precious 
stones on a pebbled beach. 
They can be discovered in 
various erudite Slavic 
journals and volumes of 
essays and should be 
gathered together. 

Ubing my fast dwindling 
Deanly prerogative, I spent 
a blissful hour leafing 
through Bob's teaching 
evaluations. It was like 
lounging on a bed of roses, 
an amazing hybrid 
somehow devoid of thorns. 
Where were those nettling 
bursts we all know so 
well — the "borings," the 
"disorganizeds," the "too 
much lecture," "too much 
discussion" comments? 

Instead, the evaluations 
were, dare I say it, moving. 
They portrayed a 
stimulating teacher, a 
challenger of intellectual 
growth, a wise counselor. 
Here's the flavor (eight 
excerpts drawn almost at 
random from the pack): 

1. "He IS incredibly funny. 
While he grades hard, he is 
always fair and ready to 
help you." 

2. "He is omniscient. Most 
important, he is a good 
human being." 

3. "He IS loved by all the 

4. "Discussion was always 
exciting and comfortable." 
.S. "He is my favorite 

6. Here is one from the 
most recent Rosenstiel 
award winner — the first 
Brandeis alumnus ever to 
receive this major scientific 
award: "Professor Szulkin 

was kind, understanding, 
and took the time even for a 
young science nerd who was 
trying to minor in Russian 
but not doing a very great 
job of it. He was one of 
those professors who just 
make it great to be a 
student at Brandeis." 
7. Or how about this one? 

"It was when Robert Szulkin, 
an easygoing, unruffled, 
witty. Old World emigre, 
who later became a popular 
dean of students, brought 
his own warm personality 
into the teaching of the 
language he loved that his 
students responded with 
excitement. Soon there was 
no longer fear that at least 
these young people would 
forget the world of their 
grandfathers." In case you 
haven't guessed, that one 
was from Abe Sachar. 
(S. And finally, my favorite, 

"Szulkin's class affected me 
deeply. He teaches without 
fear or mistrust of either 
himself or his students." 

You get the flavor. Now 
imagine il years worth of 
such comments. Wc could, 
Christo-like, wrap all of 
Brandeis with them. 

A final anecdote is 
emblematic. You probably 
did not know that there is a 
justice headline from those 
days that reads, "S.SOO in 
Ransom Paid for Szulkin." 
The students, in their 
Scholarship Fund Auction 
abducted Dean Szulkin and 
demanded ransom from the 
administration. The 
administration forked over 
S.SOO for ransom. But, in a 
surprise twist worthy of the 
endings of the Russian short 
stories Bob knows so well, 
the student then upped the 
ante and bought Bob back 
for $505. 

The tug of war over Bob 
continues: he is vital to us 
all — students, faculty, 
administration. How can he 
possibly retire? 

40 Brandeis Review 

evelopment Matters 

The George I. Alden 
Trust Challenge Grant to 
Brandeis University 

Brandeis House 

In October 1999, Brandeis 
University received an 
important challenge grant 
from the George I. Alden 
Trust m Worcester, 
Massachusetts, to create a 
need-based scholarship 
endowment for 
undergraduate students. If 
the University raises 
$300,000 by April 30, 2001, 
the Alden Trust will award 
Brandeis $100,000. The 
$400,000 endowment will 
make a significant impact 
on the University's ability 
to provide talented students 
with the resources to attend 

Scholarship aid is the 
University's number-one 
fundraising priority. For 
many students a Brandeis 
education would not be 
possible without 
scholarship assistance. The 
Alden Trust challenge grant 
provides an exciting way to 
stimulate giving by alumni 
and friends for this 
important goal. Brandeis 
hopes to generate many 
gifts in the range of 
$10,000-25,000 to meet the 
challenge. If you are 
interested in contributing to 
the Alden Trust challenge 
grant, please contact Raquel 
Rosenblatt in the Office of 
Development at 781-736- 

Brandeis parents gathered at 
Brandeis House on April 11 
for a dinner reception 
featuring Peter French, the 
University's executive vice 
president and chief 
operating officer. French 
spoke about new initiatives 
at Brandeis, in particular 
the Shapiro Student Center 
and the Lois Foster Wing of 
the Rose Art Museum. The 
evening was hosted by 
Elaine and Alfred Fields, 
parents of Adrienne '00. 

Sandy and Gerry Scligsohn, 
P'99. '03 

Peter French, 
executive vice 
president and chief 
operating officer, 
and Dov Schlein, 

Arnold Adhn. P'02. 
and Esther and 
Chaim Maoz. P'03 

1 crry and Michael faspan, 
P'02, and Joan Lov/enfels, 
PV8. cochair. New York 
Parents Committee 

Fred Lowenfels. PVH. 
cochair. New York Parents 
Committee, Peter French, 
and loan Lowenfels, P'98 

41 Spring 2000 

Alumna Achieves Major 
Defeat for Holocaust 

Richard Saivetz '69, 
Alumni Association 
President, Dies 

The entire Brandeis 
University community 
mourns the sudden and 
tragic death of Richard 
Saivetz '69. Since 1998, he 
had served with distinction 
as national president of the 
Alumni Association and as 
a Trustee of the University. 

A Brandeis Inner Family 
mcmhcr since 1980, Saivetz 
held many top volunteer 
positions, including 
president of the Greater 
Boston Alumni Chapter and 
national chair of the 
Alumni Annual Fund. He 
also served as chair of the 
Class of 1969 Reunion Gift 
Committee and 
participated, with 15 other 
alumni in the architecture 
and planning fields, in the 
Campus Planning Weekend 
Charette of 1997^ The 
University came to rely on 
the alumni leadership team 
that he formed with his 
wife, Carol Richman 
Saivetz '69, a Brandeis 
Trustee. Saivetz's able, 
experienced, and trusted 
leadership will be sorely 
missed by Brandeis as well 
as the many other 
institutions he served, 
including Beaver Country 
Day School and Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies. 

"Richie Saivetz will forever 
serve as a model of alumni 
dedication and commitment 
to Brandeis University," 
said President (ehuda 
Reinharz. "Since his 
undergraduate days, Richie 
devoted his energy and 

influence to the 
advancement of his alma 
mater. The Brandeis 
community has lost a truly 
valued friend." 

Saivetz was president of 
Bradford Saivetz & 
Associates, an architectural 
firm whose clients include 
Best Buy, The Sports 
Authority, and Kmart. He 
also designed Temple Israel 
in Longboat Key, Florida. 

Born in Quincy, 
Massachusetts, and 
graduated from Brandeis 
with a bachelor's degree in 
1969, Saivetz received his 
master's degree in 
architecture from Columbia 
University in 1974. 

Richard Saivetz 

The Richard Saivetz '69 and 
Carol Richman Saivetz '69 
Scholarship Endowment 
stands as a perpetual 
monument to the couple's 
dedication to Brandeis. 

The University extends 
heartfelt condolences to 
Carol; the couple's son, 
Michael '97, and daughter, 
Aliza '01; Saivetz's parents, 
Bradford and Thelma; his 
sister, Ruthellen Rubin, and 
her husband. Dr. Marc 
Rubin; his parents-in-law, 
Fred and Rita Richman, 
both Brandeis Fellows; and 
his entire family. 

Deborah E. Lipstadt, M.A. '72, 
Ph.D. '77, recently won a 
libel case brought against 
her by the British writer and 
Holocaust denier David 
Irving. The significant and 
closely watched ruling was 
handed down after a lengthy 
trial by Judge Charles Gray 
of the British high court in 

Irving's suit against 
Lipstadt, a professor of 
modern Jewish and 
Holocaust studies at Emory 
University in Atlanta, and 
her publisher. Penguin 
Books, stems from 
assertions about Irving that 
Lipstadt made m her 1993 
book. Denying the 
Holocaust: The Growing 
Assault on Truth and 
Memorv. She wrote that 
Irving was "one of the most 
dangerous spokespersons for 
Holocaust denial" and said 
that "he is at his most facile 
at taking accurate 
information and shaping it 
to conform to his 
conclusions." Among those 
conclusions have been 
Irving's assertions that the 
gas chambers at Auschwitz 
were not used to kill Jews 
and that Hitler knew 
nothing of the mass killings 
until at least 1943. While 
acknowledging that many 
Jews died during World 
War II, Irving claims that it 
was not possible for the 
number to have been in the 
millions, and that Hitler 
neither ordered nor 
approved the Nazis's plans 
to systematically 
exterminate Europe's Jews. 

42 Brandeis Review 

Alumnus Receives the 
2000 PEN/Faulkner 
Award for Fiction 

As evidence that Lipstadt's 
book had precipitated an 
"organized international 
endeavor" to ruin him, 
damaging his reputation as 
a historian, Irving offered 
the 1996 withdrawal of his 
biography of losef Goebbels, 
the Nazi propagandist, from 
the list of St. Martin's Press. 
The biography contends 
that Goebbels, not Hitler, 
orchestrated the murdering 
of Jews. 

Although It is not a crime 
in Britain, as it is in 
Germany, to deny the 
Holocaust, Irving brought 
suit there because British 
libel laws place upon the 
defendants the burden of 
proving their allegations. 
Lipstadt's lawyers presented 
testimony from several 
Holocaust historians who 
showed that Irving's 
statements are intentionally 
based on distortions and 

As a result the judge called 
Irving a liar and a falsifier of 
history. The judge's 
decision was 355 pages long 
and was widely quoted 
throughout the world. The 
Israeli ministry of education 
had it translated into 
Hebrew for use in Israeli 
high schools. 

lustice Gray's ruling 
concluded that Irving did 
not have a case, saying that 
'Irving has for his own 
ideological reasons 
persistently and deliberately 
misrepresented and 
manipulated historical 
evidence. For the same 
reasons, he has portrayed 
Hitler in an unwarrantedly 
favorable light, particularly 

Debonih E. Lipstndt 

m relation to his attitude 
toward and responsibility 
for the treatment of the 
Jews." He called Irving "an 
active Holocaust denier." 
He also called him a racist 
and an anti-Semite. 
Lipstadt's defense team 
argued that these were 
intrinsic elements of his 
Holocaust denial. "They are 
all cut from the same 
cloth," Lipstadt said after 
the trial. 

Of the ruling, the victorious 
Lipstadt told the press, "I 
am very pleased that what I 
wrote has been vindicated. I 
never had any doubt that it 
would be but, nonetheless, I 
am gratified. Let us 
remember that this trial 
was not about whether the 
Holocaust happened but 
whether I was correct in 
describing David Irving as a 
denier of the Holocaust, a 
Hitler partisan, an anti- 
Semite, and right wing 

extremist. The judge has 
found that I was correct on 
all these points." 

A statement issued by the 
dean and associate dean of 
the Simon Wiesenthal 
Center in Los Angeles, 
Rabbi Marvin Hier and 
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, 
said of the ruling: "Today's 
decision definitively places 
Irving where he belongs — 
not as a historian, but as a 
leading apologist for those 
who seek to whitewash the 
most heinous crime in 
human history. Irving tried 
to manipulate the British 
legal system in order to put 
the victims murdered in the 
gas chambers on trial; 
instead, the net result is 
that he will be relegated to 
the garbage heap of history's 

It was recently announced 
that the winner of the 2000 
PEN/Faulkner Award for 
Fiction was Waiting, the 
second novel by Ha Jin, a 
Chinese-born English 
professor in Atlanta. 

The PEN/Faulkner Award is 
the largest annual juried 
prize for fiction in the 
United States. Jin's Waiting, 
his second novel, was 
selected from over 250 
novels and short story 
collections published in the 
United States during the 
1999 calendar year. Waiting 
is a penetrating portrait of 
the universal complications 
of love set in a society 
designed to regulate one's 
every move. Waiting traces 
a man's 18-year struggle to 
free himself from an 
arranged marriage, and 
marry the woman he loves. 

The author, who also 
received the 1999 National 
Book Award for Fiction for 
the same title, is a Brandeis 
alumnus. Ha Jin is the nom 
de plume of Xuefei Jin, a 
Chinese student admitted 
into the Graduate Program 
in English in 1985, who 
received his Brandeis Ph.D. 
in 1993. 

Upon hearing of Xuefei Jm's 
accomplishments. Professor 
Emeritus of English Robert 
Preyer was moved to retell 
the fascinating story of the 
Chinese student's journey 
to Brandeis. In the following 
narrative, Preyer retraces 
the Brandeis side of Xuefei 
Jin's odyssey: 

In 1985-86 I was chair of the 
Graduate Admissions 
Committee of the English 
department: these are 
recollections — butressed by 
records held in the English 
department — of how it 
came about that we were 

43 Spring 2000 

able to bring to Brandcis an 
obscure Chinese national 
who had served in the 
People's Army in China 
from age 14 to 19 and was, 
at the time he applied for 
admission to our graduate 
program, connected in some 
capacity or other with a 
program of American 
Literary Study in Shandong 
University. I trust that 
former colleagues will be 
quick to correct any errors 
or supplement these 
recollections of events 
occurring 15 years ago... 

When Xcufei lin's 
application for admission to 
the Graduate Program in 
English surfaced, a number 
of acceptance letters to 
prospective applicants had 
already gone out and there 
was no money left for 
scholarship aid. Why should 
we bother with an unknown 
suppliant who clearly had 
no funds and whose 
application form indicated 
that he was married with 
one child as a dependent? It 
was not easy to satisfy the 
fiscal guarantees required 
by the U.S. State 
Department; it was 
something of a nightmare to 
become involved in the 
endless red tape (pun 
intended) of the Chinese 
Communist bureaucracy. 
We knew of the increasing 
Chinese interest in the 
literature produced in the 
United States and hoped 
that Mr. Jin's Brandeis 
experience would be of 
significance on his return to 
teaching in China. There 
were those, of course, who 
questioned whether 
Brandeis Ph.D. holders 
should be sent off to foreign 
parts — it could plausibly be 
argued that they were better 
deployed here in the United 
States. A further 
complicating factor soon 
emerged. The letters and 
samples of written work 
submitted by Mr. Jin 
contained unidiomatic 
patches — and it was 

impossible to insist on a 
personal interview, which 
might have clarified things. 
Letters of recommendation 
from China were also a bit 
chancy: many were 
composed by professors who 
had endured the Maoist 
terror just a decade earlier. 
One had to understand that 
these letters were 
scrutinized by party zealots. 
It took courage to write 
anything other than the 
absolutely conventional and 
hence uninformative. We 
tried, however, to be aware 
of the situation of the 
professors and, so to speak, 
read between the lines. 
What came through, 
strongly, was an urgency of 
caring about this young 
man. Reading his few 
poems, translated by Xuefei 
into English, we began to 
see why — there was a quiet 
power in these writings, 
hard to define. The simple 
details of his narratives 
vibrated with rich tonal 
significance. It was as 
though the author told 
these stories without being 
quite aware of the 
reverberations they 
occasioned in the minds of 
sophisticated readers. Was 
the tone simply confused or 
was this writer suffusing his 
tales with a rich mixture of 
irony, comedy, and 
simplicity? We just didn't 
have enough to go on — but 
decided to follow our 
instincts. Originality is a 
precious commodity, one 
should err on the side of 
generosity if there are signs 
of it. Allen Grossman, 
Ph.D. '60, and other writer- 
scholars in the English 
department believed very 
strongly that we should, 
despite the obvious 
drawbacks, push hard to 
bring this strangely gifted 
stranger to a strange land. 

So we set about the task. I 
include here a few 
documents from the files of 
that time that will indicate 
how the process went on. 

We begin with a memo 
dated March 29, 1985. 

"To Prof. Susan Staves 
From: Prof. Robert O. Preyer 

I have talked to the Dean of 
the Graduate School 
(Professor David Kaplan of 
the anthropology 
department]. He is willing 
to give a full tuition grant 
to Xuefei Jin. He warns us 
however that it will be up 
to the English department 
to take care of this chap 
financially if he is not able 
to do so himself. He 
suggests we talk it over and 
he will OK a tuition grant if 
we so desire. I am enclosing 
a signed recommendation 
for Xuefei Jin. I think we 
might take a chance. He has 
a job at an institution that 
Dan Aaron (American 
studies. Harvard) tells me is 
a major center for literary 
studies in China and we 
would be doing the United 
States as well as Mr. Jin a 

Fast forward to April 18, 
1985. From the Institute of 
American Literature at 
Shandong University, the 
following acceptance letter 
from Xuefei Jin: 

"Dear Professor Preyer: 

I was exhilarated when I 
received your telegram this 
morning. Even though the 
financial offer was still 
somewhat short of what I 
need, I am determined to go 
to Brandeis and accept your 
offer with enthusiasm. I 
will finish all the writing 
and compiling work in my 
hand as soon as possible and 
get myself ready for the 
rigorous graduate study in 
your department. 

Please find an enclosed 
letter from Professor 
Beatrice Spade discussing 
possible financial 

Thank you very much. 
Sincerely yours, Xuefei Jin" 

Beatrice Spade, unknown to 
any of us, was then a 
Fulbright Professor attached 
to the Institute. What she 
wrote was troubling and 

"Dear Professor Preyer, 

Xuefei Jm has told me about 
the offer... and has asked my 
opinion. ..Because he wants 
to go to Brandeis more than 
any other place, I have 
advised him to accept the 
offer. However, the 
financial offer you have 
made will still not meet the 
requirements of the U.S. 
embassy for the granting of 

In an attempt to solve this 
problem I have written a 
letter to the Harvard- 
Yenching Institute asking if 
they could supplement his 
scholarship. ..If possible 
could you give a call to Ed 
Baker at the Institute and 
see if it is possible for him 
to help out: If. ..nothing can 
he done, I have promised 
Mr. Jin that I would make 
up the difference he needs 
for his first year. Could you 
tell me whether it is 
possible to do this in some 
way so that Brandeis 
administers the money in 
the form of a scholarship. 

Thank you for taking on 
these burdens." 

Inspired by this startling 
generosity, we went to work 
with a will, followed up a 
number of leads from Ed 
Baker of Harvard-Yenching 
Institute (their budget was 
locked up) and finally 
struck pay dirt. I had 
informed Paul T. Lauby, 
executive director of the 
United Board for Christian 
Higher Education in Asia, 
that "after the first year 
Brandeis can find means for 
supporting Jin,- the urgency 
is now, and we therefore ask 

44 Brandeis Review 

tor any assistance that 
might he forthcoming from 
your Board. Our need is for 
about $2,000." 

His wonderful reply arrived, 
dated May 23, 1985: 

"Dear Professor Preyer: 

This will confirm our 
telephone conversation 
concerning the United 
Board Grant of $2,000 
toward the academic and 
living expenses for Mr. Jm, 
who has been admitted to 
your department for 
doctoral studies. We are 
happy to make it possible 
for Mr. Tin to begin his 
graduate studies. I enclose 
our check for $2,000." 

The rest, as they say, is 
history. Brandeis had 
produced the largest 
scholarship package it could 
manage ($10,500 tuition 
plus a scholarship of 
$3,000). With the additional 
sum we were able to satisfy 
the U.S. State Department- 
at least for one year. 

On May 2>S, 1986, I was 
delighted to inform the 
United Board for Christian 
Higher Education in Asia 
that Mr. fin "has completed 
his seminar work with high 
praise from his teachers,- he 
was the first in his class to 
complete the foreign 
language requirement in 
French; he passed the oral 
and written examinations 
for admission into the Ph.D. 
program with high 
distinction. In short he has 
been a remarkable success 
academically and he has 
made many warm friends 

After the first semester 
Brandeis managed to find 
lobs (at the usual menial 
wages paid to graduate 
students and graduate 

assistants). Despite all the 
hardships and waste of time 
and talent this occasioned, 
we were deeply moved (and 
astonished!) when Mr. Jin 
submitted a poem written 
in English that wcm the 
Durkin Prize, annually 
awarded for the best poem 
written by one of our 
graduate students. 
Subsequently this poem. 
The Dead Soldier's Talk, 
was published in the Paris 
Review. (It can be read in 
Iin's first volume of poems, 
Between Silences, 
University of Chicago Press, 

Others can do justice better 
than I to the next phases of 
Xuefei (in's Brandeis story — 
notably his three Ph.D. 
advisors, Allen Grossman, 
Frank Bidart, and Paul 
Morrison, his many 
teachers and Professor 
Eugene Goodheart who, as 
director of graduate studies 
in the department, 
welcomed Xuefei to 
Brandeis in a charming 
letter dated June 20, 1985. 
David Kaplan, dean of the 
Graduate School was able, 
eventually, to find some 
tiny additional funding 
amounting, by 1989 to 
approximately $7,500. It 
was impossible to live on 
such a sum, especially 
when, to everyone's 
astonishment, his wife and 
child were unexpectedly 
allowed to leave China and 
join him in the United 

Financial support remained 
problematic throughout his 
stay at Brandeis as this 
snippet from a May 26, 
1986, letter from Chancellor 
Sachar can attest: 

"Dear Bob, 

I feel very badly that of all 
people I cannot be of help to 
you as you try to offer 
assistance to Xuefei Jin. 1 
wish I had known in the fall 
that you needed this 
supplementary funding to 


make it possible for him to 
complete his Ph.D. The 
discretionary funds that I 
handle... are exhausted. I 
hope very much that some 
way will be found for him 
so that he can complete his 
work adequately. I am really 
distressed that I have to 
write in this way to one of 
my oldest and most 
cherished friends. 

All good wishes, 
A.L. Sachar" 

Others can pick up the tale 
from this point: I should 
mention however that 
Xuefei's great supporter, the 
novelist Leslie Epstein at 
Boston University, accepted 
Jin into his graduate 
workshop in fiction ( 1990-91 ) 
and provided a much needed 
teaching assistant stipend. 
Frank Bidart, distinguished 
poet and one of the 
directors of Xuefei's Ph.D. 
dissertation, a Wellesley 
College professor who 
frequently taught creative 
writing at Brandeis, was 

Ha Jin (Xuefei Jin I. Ph.D. '93 

able to assist in securing 
publication of Xuefei's first 
volume of poetry in English, 
Between Silences. In this 
way he received financial 
help as well as guidance in 
writing prose fiction and 

A cynic once observed, "no 
good deed goes 
unpunished." Here is a 
delightful refutation of the 
attitude behind such a 
remark. Despite multiple 
disheartening obstacles this 
writer fought on and has 
achieved a high place in 
contemporary writing. May 
Brandeis continue, in its 
informal, ramshackle way, 
to rely, finally, on the 
insights and foolish wisdom 
of its distinguished faculty 
and the wise forbearance of 
hard-pressed administrators 
and deans. Universities can 
be caring places,- they are 
worth supporting by men 
and women of good will. 

45 Spring 2000 

Alumni Club Events 

New Alumni Club 

Alumni Club of Southern 
New Jersey 
Dr. Stephen Marc 
Scheinthal '87 has 
recently been appointed 
president of the new 
Alumni Club of Southern 
New Jersey. The nearly 
200 alumni who call 
southern New Jersey their 
home will now have more 
programming options as 
this new club will 
complement the Alumni 
Clubs of Northern New 
Jersey and Philadelphia. 
Scheinthal is familiar with 
many alumni in the area 
that are willing to help. 
Feel free to e-mail 
southnew jersey® for 
more information or to 

JMciuDci^ ol lUc Aiunini 
Association Board of 
Directors were present for a 
March 25 meeting on 
campus. Front Row: Steven 
Marc Sheinman '79, Susan 
M. Epstein Deutsch '62, 
Ira M. Shoolman '62, Sally 
A. Marshall Glickman '59. 
imran Habib Ahmad '01, 
James Edward O' Neil '78, 

hull (..rj-i/s; 'v_ irniniLi i 
Weiner '00, Joan M. 
Silverman Wallack '60. 
fames R. Felton '85, 
Darlene Green Kamine '74. 
Back Row: Victor R. Ney '81, 
David J. Allon '81. Jaime D. 
Ezratty '86, Richard 
Saivetz '69. Joy Mary 
Camp, Ph.D. '82, Paul M. 
ZlotoJJ '72, Lauren Cohen 
Small '78, Michael 

nauuncisL iiinun ■_-. 
Albert B. Spevak '73, 
Bradley A. Akers '95, 
Yehuda C. Cohen '81, 
Wilfred Chilangwa Jr. 
M.A. '92. Charles S. 
Kamine '74 


Alumni Clubs 

Contact any of the club 
leaders via the e-mail 
addresses below or call the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations for other 
information at 781-736- 
4100. Visit our Web site at 
for up-to-date event 
information. Please contact 
the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual 
Alumni Network or the 
Minority Alumni Network 
to be included on their 
mailing lists. 


Joan Givncr Bovarnick, 

Ph.D. '69 


Rose Shirwindt Weinberg '.S7 


Suk Won Kim '70 


William "Bill" Miller '87 

Lauren Cohen Small '78 
Greater Boston 
Martin "Marty" Bloom '79 
Northern California 
James "Jim" O'Neil '78 
Southern California 
Albert B. Spevak '73 

Ruth Abrams Goldberg '53 
and Audrey Rogovin 
Madans '53 

Debbie Moeckler Berman '87 

Darlene Green and Charles 
"Chuck" Kamine '74 

Southern Florida 

'Steve" Sheinman '79 
West Coast Florida 
Sylvia Haft Firschein '55 
and Joan A. Greenberger 
Gurgold '53 
Long Island 
Jaime D. Ezratty '86 
Northern New Jersey 
Saul A. Wolfe '55 
Southern New Jersey 
Stephen "Steve" Scheinthal '87 
southnew jersey® 
New York City 
Amy G. DaRosa '94 


David J. Allon '81 


Washington, D.C. 

Seth K. Arenstein '81 


Westchester County 

Susan M. Epstein Deutsch '62 


Affinity Groups 
Alumni Network 

Michael Hammerschmidt '72 
gibc'a 111 mm, bra 
Minority Alumni Network 
Joseph Perkins '66 
Student Alumni Association 
Wendi Adelson '01 and 
Maryanne V. Cullinan '02 

46 Brandeis Review 

Alumni Association 

Members of the Board of 
Directors were on campus 
for their spring meeting in 
March. They enjoyed a 
Friday evenmg dinner at the 
home of Carol Richman and 
Richard Saivetz '69, an all- 
day meeting on Saturday 
with special presentations 
by Irving Epstein, provost 
and senior vice president for 
academic affairs, and the 
Waltham Group Director 
Diane Hannan, followed by 
a dinner at the home of 
Senior Vice President for 
Development and Alumni 
Relations Nancy Kolack 
Winship with a special 
performance by a student a 
cappella group, VoiceMale. 
Finally, some members 
made their way to the 
Waltham Group's annual 
fundraismg auction event 
on campus. 

Fifty members of the Class 
of 2000 gathered in the 
Napoli Trophy Room in the 
Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center for 
Beyond Peripheral Road, a 
new program sponsored by 
the Brandeis University 
Alumni Association. 
Named for the road circling 
the campus, Beyond 
Peripheral Road was a two- 
part life skills program that 
offered practical advice for 
graduating seniors. The first 
part, "Stretching Your 
Dollar," was a panel 
discussion about budgeting, 
repaying student loans, 
investing, finding an 
apartment, and selecting the 
right insurance plan. Wendy 
A. Morris '9r< moderated the 
discussion with Stuart Neil 
Farmelant '83, Sy Raboy ',57, 
Sara Lynn Rosenfeld '81, 
and Joseph W. Hayes '83. 

The second part, "Wine, 
Dine, and How to Act 
Fine," featured Kimberly 
Straubing, maitre 
d'Aujourd'hui restaurant at 
the Four Seasons Hotel in 
Boston. She spoke on proper 
etiquette for social 
functions and business 
meetings. Before and after 
the program, representatives 
of the Alumni Association, 
Alumni Admissions 
Council, Senior Class Gift 

Committee, and Hiatt 
Career Center were 
available to provide 
information to seniors 
about the importance of 
staying connected to the 
University and how simple 
it is to remain associated 
after graduation. [PHOTOS 
KK, LL] 

Alumni Club of Arizona 

Twenty people (alumni, 
parents, and current 
students) gathered at the 
home of William and Wylie 
Silverstein, parents of 
Brooke '01, on Tuesday, 
lanuary 1 1 for a dessert 

Alumni Club of Greater 


Downtown Lunch Series 

Elizabeth Etra lick '81, 
managing director of 
investment banking/public 
finance at CIBC/ 
Oppenheimer, serves as 
host and Barbara Cantor 
Sherman '34 is the chair of 
the monthly series. More 
than 50 alumni attended the 
Downtown Lunch Series on 
Wednesday, January 12 at 
Fleet Bank. Professor of 
Theater Arts John Bush 
Jones's presentation was 
"The Cradle Did Rock; Social 
Justice and the American 

Jack P. Shonkoff, dean of 
The Heller Graduate School 
and the Rose B. Gingold 
Professor of Human 
Development, spoke to a 
group of more than 35 
alumni on Wednesday, 
February 16. 

Joseph W. Hayn:, '83, Saiu 
Lynn Rosenfeld '81, and 
Kimbeily Straubing and 
Jeff David of Aujomd'hui 

Tobnt M. Konecny '00, 
Galete J. Levin '00, Jeffrey S. 
Sussman '00, and Bluma D. 
Liss-Levinson '00 

I'lofessor Stuart H. Altman 

More than 75 local alumni 
packed the room at Fleet 
Bank on Wednesday, March 
12 to hear Stuart H. Altman, 
'^.il C. Chaiken Professor of 
National Health Policy of 
The Heller Graduate School, 
speak on "Predicting the 
Future of the American 
Health Care System." 

Two dozen alumni met at 
Fleet Bank on Wednesday, 
April 12 to hear Professor of 
Sociology Shulamit Reinharz, 
Ph.D. '77, speak on "Women 
as Faculty and Students at 
Brandeis University." 

Top: Robert M. Melia. 

M.M.H.S. '83 

l\4iddle: Dean Jack P. 


Bottom: Helen Goodman 

Budd '56 

47 Spring 2000 

Elizabeth Etra Jick '81, 
Nancy Katzen Kaufman '72, 
Lois Lyons Lindauer '53, 
lanet Akyuz Mattel '65, 
Michal A. Regunberg '72, 
Ailine Schwartz Rotman '58, 
Carol Richman Saivetz '69, 
Rosalie Ripaldi Shane '66, 
Paula Ann Spencer, M.A. '91, 
and Barbara Elizabeth 
Clarke, M.A. '91, 
participated in World of 
Women Professionals on 
Tuesday, March 14, in 
honor of Women's History 
Month on campus. 

Nancy Katzen Kaufman 
and Fnr^an Hvss;ein '00 


Clockwise from top left: 
Rosalie Ripaldi Shane '66 
and student 

Trustee Carol Richman 
Saivetz '69 and Jessica M. 
Lichtenfeld '00 

Lois Lyons Lindauer '53 

Elizabeth Etra fick '81 and 
Paula Ann Spencer. M.A. '91 

Barbara Elizabeth Clarke, 
M.A. '91 

fanet Mattel '65 and student 

Alumni Club 

of Greater Boston 

Nearly two dozen alumni 
from the classes of 1990-99 
mingled at a Happy Hour at 
Vmny Testa's restaurant in 
Brookline on Thursday, 
February 17. Martin A. 
Bloom '79, Alumni Club of 
Greater Boston president 
and CEO of Vinny Testa's 
Restaurants, was in 
attendance and spoke to the 

\. ;(. Laura Duhan 

Kaplan SO and Ruth 
Abrams Goldberg '53. Club 

Above right: Sharon /. 
Lupcher Kasman '82 and 
her husband Robert, ho.'its 

Left: Susan Lynn Remer '77 
and Kenneth L. Schorr '73 

Alumni Club of Charlotte 

More than one dozen local 
alumni attended a 
presentation by Laura 
Puhan Kaplan '80, associate 
piofessor of philosophy at 
the University of North 
Carolina at Charlotte on 
Sunday, January 9. Kaplan 
spoke on "Jews and Non- 
Jews in Partnership: 
Resistance to the 
Holocaust." Sharon Luchner 
Kasman '82 hosted the 
event at her home. 

48 Brandeis Review 

Alumni Club of Chicago 

The Club's Annual 
Broomball Tournament at 
the Centennial Ice Rink in 
Wilmette brought out a 
dozen alumni and their 
family members for a pizza 
party and broomball on 
Saturday, fanuary 15. Marci 
Sperling Flynn '85 chaired 
the event. 

Alumni Club of Cincinnati 

The Last Nifiht ut Hallybuu 
entertained 25 alumni and 
guests on Sunday, January 
16 at The Playhouse in the 
Park. A dessert reception 

( 'hib President 
Ih'hbie Moeckler 
l<crman '87, 
William S. 
dinger '62, 
and Host Emily 
Kamine Soloff '69 

Alumni Club of Southern 

Edward Miles Bruckner '96 
hosted 10 Alumni of the 
1990s for a Happy Hour on 
Thursday, January 27, at 
the Havana Cigar Bar in 

The Club hosted its 
inaugural Downtown 
Lunch Series event on 
Wednesday, February 9, in 
Miami. Alumni heard 
Stanley H. Wakshlag 74 of 
Akerman Scnterfitt and 
Eidson, P. A. discuss the 
"Arena Wars in South 
Florida." Jay M. Spieler '76 
sponsored the event at 

Stephen J. Whitfield, 
Ph.D. '72, Max Richter 
Professor of American 
Civilization, was in Coral 
Gables on Sunday, February 
27, for a presentation at a 
local bookstore. Alumni in 
the area were among the 
audience to hear a 
discussion about his new 
book, In Search of 
American Jewish Culture. 

William S. Singer '62 made 
a wonderful presentation on 
Thursday, January 20, at the 
American Jewish 
Committee to the alumni 
who gathered in spite of the 
snow. He presented a 
"Report on the Work of the 
Presidential Advisory 
Commission on Holocaust 
Assets in the United 
States." Attorney Singer is a 
Presidential Appointee to 
the Commission. The event 
was hosted by Emily 
Kamine Soloff '69. 

Malcolm Watson, professor 
of psychology, spoke to 25 
alumni and guests at the 
home of Jeffry S. Pfeffer '87 
in Deerfield on Sunday, 
March 5. His talk, "Who 
Becomes Violent? 
Psychological Variables 
Predicting Aggression In 
Children," was timely and 

A dozen members of the 
Alumni of the 1990s group 
gathered for a WhirlyBall 
Happy Hour in Chicago on 
Thursday, March 2.^. 
WhirlyBall is a combination 
of lacrosse, hockey, and 
basketball with a good dose 
of demolition derby. The 
event was chaired and 
sponsored in part by 
Bradley A. Akers '95. 

Fourteen adults and nine 
children gathered for a party 
and a day of educational 
exhibits and activities on 
Sunday, April 2, at Kohl 
Children's Museum m 
Wilmette. Elena Silberman 
Scott '92 chaired the event. 

Jennifer Leigh Blakeman '90, 
Edward Miles Bruckner '96. 
Mikhal Stein '92. Deborah 
Brody '91, and Samara H. 
Rabbins '95 at the Havana 
Cigar Bar 

Alumni Club of 
West Coast Florida 

Sylvia Barack Fishman, 
associate professor of 
contemporary Jewry and 
American Jewish sociology, 
and Sharon Pucker Rivo '61, 
adjunct associate professor 
of Jewish film, presented 
'Seeing Ourselves on the 
Silver Screen: Families in 
Action in Film and Popular 
Culture" to an enthusiastic 
group of .^0 alumni and 
guests at the club's 
inaugural Faculty-in-the- 
Field event. 

Professor Sylvia Barack 

Rebecca Cohen Long '59 
and Ellen Baker Weiss '85 
enjoy brunch with Sylvia 
Haft Firschein '55, Club 

49 Spring 2000 

Alumni Club of 
New York City 
On Tuesday, January 11 , 40 
alumni gathered at a 
presentation by Mark R. 
Cohen '64, professor of Near 
Eastern studies at Princeton 
University. His lecture 
"Jews and Arabs: Is the past 
prologue to the present and 
future?" was based on his 
recent book Under Crescent 
and Cross: The Jews in the 
Middle Ages. 

On Thursday, February 24, 
approximately 60 alumni 
and guests attended the 
off-Broadway production of 
Nighthawks. Inspired by 
Edward Hopper's paintings, 
the play was written by 
Lynn R. Rosen '92, directed 
by Miriam L. Weiner '93, 
and had costumes designed 
by Daiyl A. Stone, M.F.A. '96. 

Daniel A. Lehrman '64 
chaired a marvelous alumni 
event at the Brandeis vs. 
NYU basketball game on 
Saturday, January 29. The 
LSO attendees included our 
student-athletes, parents, 
and local alumni. He also 
chaired a fascinating 
discourse about athletics at 
Brandeis House on Sunday, 
January 30. Jeffrey W. 
Cohen '64, director of 
athletics at Brandeis 
University, gave a 
wonderful overview of the 
history of athletics at 
Brandeis University, and 
Professor Jacob (Jerry) 
Cohen spoke about the 
culture of athletics. The 38 
alumni were exposed to a 
wide gamut of sports-related 
thought at a Super Bowl 
Sunday brunch. 

left Beal. 

Davida Shapiro Scher '69. 
and Director of Athletics 
feffrey W. Cohen '64 

More than 60 alumni and 

friends gathered on Tuesday, 
March 7, to hear Eric A. 
Goldman, M.A. '74, founder 
and president of Ergo Media, 
discuss the American Jewish 
experience in film. This 
fascinating presentation and 
discussion was illustrated 
with clips from several well- 
known films of the past 
eight decades. 

Karl Eigsti, Charles Bloom 
Adjunct Professor of the Arts 
of Design, led a panel on the 
professional design scene in 
New York. Panelists 
included Daryl A. Stone, 
M.F.A. '96, design assistant 
for Law and Order, Michael 
Bloom, M.F.A. '97 , scenic 
director, The Price, Jeremy 
Randolph Kumin, M.F.A. 
'89, lighting designer, Laura 
Dern Musicians and 

and Jason S. Kirschner, 
M.F.A. '98, art director. Late 
Night with Conan O'Brien. 
Forty enthusiastic alumni 
and guests attended the 
Monday, March 27, event at 
Brandeis House. 

On Tuesday, March 28, 40 
aUimni were fortunate to 
experience the lecture 
'Alliances and Business in 
the New Economy" by 
Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, 
associate professor of 
international business and 
director of the M.B.A.i. 
Program, The Graduate 
School of International 
Economics and Finance. 

More than 55 alumni and 
friends were at Brandeis 
House on February 22, to 
hear Richard H. Weisberg '65, 
professor of law at Yeshiva 
University's Cardozo School 
of Law, discuss the trial 
scene in Shakespeare's The 
Merchant of Venice. 

Carole Schwartz Kessner 
'53 and Richard H. 
Weisberg '65 

Susan Geller Gold '56 and 
Ora Hutner Koch '55 

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Fifty alumni and friends 
gathered at Brandeis House 
on Thursday, April 6, to hear 
Gil D. Schwartz '73 discuss 
his career and read from his 
new book What Would 
Machiavelli Do^ Schwartz 
has been publishing under 
the penname Stanley Bing for 
years. Stanley Bing is the 
Fortune magazine columnist, 
NPR commentator, and 
contributor to many other 
publications, such as The 
New York Times. 

Ellen B. Friedland '80 was 
joined by her fiance and 
business partner, Curt Fissel, 
to present their documentary 
Swiss Jewry: An Island ni the 
Twentieth Century. Forty 
alumni and friends had the 
opportunity to view the film 
on Monday, April 10, which 
has been aired by PBS across 
the country, and hear her 
speak about the development 
of the documentary and her 
vast experience in studying 
European Judaism. 

Joshua Mostel 
■70. Gil D. 
Schwartz '73, 
lames E. Garber 
'72, and Daniel 
Joseph Victor '72 

Host Daniel A. 
Lehrman '64, 
Director oj 
Athletics Jeffrey 
W. Cohen '64, 
Professor Jacob 
IJerry) Cohen, 
and Stuart A. 
Pans '64 

Alumni Club of 

New York City 

Allied Health Professionals 

On Thursday, February 10, 
Leslie A. Zebrowitz, 
Manuel Yellen Professor of 
Social Relations at Brandeis 
University, led a fascinating 
and interactive discussion 
in the Brandeis House 
library about her research 
on faces and the role of 
attractiveness in our 
perceptions, "Blinded by 
Beauty: Does Appearance 
Bias Health Assessments?" 

Alumni Club of 
Westchester County 

Davida Shapiro Scher '69 
chaired an event at the 
Neuberger Museum of Art 
at SUNY-Purchase on 
Sunday, March 19. Sixteen 
alumni and guests had 
brunch, viewed the award- 
winning Oprah Winfrey 
Presents: Tuesdays with 
Morrie, and toured the 
museum exhibits. 

Alumni Club of 
New York City 
Wall Street Group 

On February 16, Mitchell H. 
Caplan '79, president and 
CEO of Telcbanc Financial, 
spoke to a packed house of 
85 about the process of 
building, growing, and 
ultimately merging 
Telebanc. It is the case 
study of a small group of 
entrepreneurs leading an 
entire industry onto the 
Internet. Martin leffrey 
Gross '72 and Bernard J. 
Jacob '77 chaired the event 
that was held at Brandeis 

Cochair Bernard 
I. Jacob '77 and 
Mitchell H. 
Caplan '79 



1 IfV jS^^I 



Todd Royer '77 
and Susan E. 
Pralaever. M.A. '70 

Jeffrey and Alyson 
Tarr '90 Popper 

Jason Garet 
IVIandel '96 and 
Kendra Leigh 
Falkenstein '96 

51 Spring 2000 

Student Alumni 

Actor/director Tony 
Goldwyn '82 visited campus 
for a day filled with student 
interaction, discussion, and 
dialogue on Thursday, 
January 27. Goldwyn spent 
the morning speaking with 
graduate students in the 
theater arts program and 
answering questions they 
had regarding his career and 
how to get started in theater 
and film. That afternoon, he 
devoted two hours to a 
Master Class where he 
critiqued various 
monologues and scenes 
with graduate and 
undergraduate acting 
students. That evening, 
Goldwyn and Michael 
Murray, the Blanche, 
Barbara, and Irving Laurie 
Adjunct Professor of 
Theater Arts, joined 
together on the Main Stage 
in Spingold Theater Center 
to discuss Goldwyn's time 
at Brandeis, his career, and 
his transition from acting to 
directing. They showed 
clips from his various films, 
and participated in an open 
dialogue with the more than 
200 members of the student 
and alumni audience. 

Tony Goldw}'n '82 
with graduate 
theater arts students 

Jennifer Werner 00. Chan, Student 
Alumni Association 

Michael Murray, Chair, Department of 
Theater Arts with Tony Goldwyn '82 

Student Alumni Association 

Fourteen local alumni 
attorneys and public service 
professionals participated in 
the World of Law and Public 
Service on Tuesday, February 
15. Current undergraduate 
students were able to speak 
with the alumni in 
attendance candidly at 
various roundtable 
discussions throughout the 

Alumni participants Scott 
A. Birnbaum '81. Gail 
Kleven Gelt '69, Israela 
Adah Brill-Cass '90. Lauren 
Stiller Rikleen 75, Barbara 
Preedman Wand '72, 
Cochair Jennifer Weiner '00. 
David A. Fine '78. Alan R. 
Greenwald '52. David M. 
Phillips '64, Scott Vaughan 
Edmiston '96, Mitchel 
Appelbaum '88, John H. 
Rogers '87, Herbert Beigel 

Massachusetts State 
Representative John 
H. Rogers '87 

Matthew S. 
Salloway '00 and 

Herbert Beigcl '66 

52 Brandeis Review 

Club President Profile 
Steven Marc Sheinman 79 

Stuvcn Marc Sheinman '19, 
an anesthesiologist who 
Hves in Sotith Florida with 
his wife and two sons, 
Zachary, age 1 1, and 
Benjamin, age 3, has been 
president of the Alumni 
Club of Southern Florida 
since 1998. His wife, Cheryl 
Hashman Sheinman '79, 
and he enjoy their contact 
with Brandeis alumni in 
South Florida, especially at 
events sponsored by the 
club that range from social 
to educational. "When the 
previous president resigned, 
I was happy to take the 
position," says Sheinman. 
"We have about 600 alumni 
here in South Florida, and 
I'd like them to maintain an 
affinity with the University, 
to maintain some ties. 
Basically the club provides 
an opportunity for people to 
be together — and we all 
have something in 

common. 1 have noticed 
recently that a lot of the 
younger alumni who are 
involved in the club are new 
to the area. The club events 
provide a way for them to 
meet people socially and 
also to network 

He explains, "We have 
started a Downtown Lunch 
Series, similar to the one in 
Boston, but quarterly rather 
than monthly. The first 
event featured a talk by a 
prominent alumnus. We 
plan to have lectures by 
professors as well. A 
business crowd attends 
those events. We try to have 
a variety of social and 

educational events. For 
example, we've had lectures 
and wine tastings. The 
events provide a way for 
people to get together and 
share experiences, maintain 
a connection to the 
University while enriching 
their lives," says Sheinman. 

For more information about 
the Alumni Club of 
Southern Florida or to 
become involved with the 
Steering Committee please 
visit the Alumni 
Association Web site at 
or e-mail southflorida® 

Class of '79 mini-reunion 
in Key Largo, Florida, 
February 2000 
Steve Sheinman, Herb 
Lazarus, Alberto Kriger, 
Gil Drozdow, Dave Kesslei, 
Marc Ehrlich. Dan 
Greenstein (non-alumnus), 
Neil P etchers '80 (front) 

53 Spring 2000 

lass Notes 




35th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Information submitted to Class 
Notes will appear no sooner than 
six months after its receipt by the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations. News of 
marriages and births are included 
in separate listings by class. 
Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an inaccurate 
submission is published, the 
Brandeis Review will correct any 
errors in the next possible issue, 
but must disclaim responsibility 
for any damage or loss. 


lune Goldman, Class 
Correspondent, 15 Preston Beach 
Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 


Abraham Heller, Class 
Correspondent, 1400 Runnymede 
Road, Dayton, OH 45419 


Sydney Rose Abend, Class 
Correspondent, 304 Concord 
Road, Wayland, MA 01778 

Sonia Letourneau contmues to 
perform and teach the violm, 
conduct opera, and is the musical 
director of Subiaco Community 
String Orchestra, Inc., in Perth, 
Australia. Recently, she studied at 
the Moscow Conservatorium and 
taught in Siberia. 


fudith PauU Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 838 N. Doheny 
Drive, #906, Los Angeles, CA 
90069 ) 

Since retiring from teaching 
mathematics, Risa Hirsch 
(Lavine) Ehrlich had the first 
major exhibition ot her work m 
ceramics in November m New 
York City. 

56 45th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Leona Feldman Curhan, Class 
Correspondent, 366 River Road, 
Carlisle, MA 01741 

Wynne Wolkenberg Miller, Class 
Correspondent, 14 Larkspur Road, 
Waban, MA 02468 

Newly retired Audrey Atsrin Tell 
and her husband David Tell 
celebrated their 40th anniversary 
on a cruise with their children 
and grandchildren, Wynne 
Wolkenberg Miller is among the 
first to be certified as a master 
certified coach by the 
International Coach Federation. 
She is a personal, career, and 
executive coach, as well as a 
transition and outplacement 
counselor and trainer. 


ludith Brecher Borakove, Class 
Correspondent, 10 East End 
Avenue, #2-F, New York, NY 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout, Class 
Correspondent, 87 Old Hill Road, 
Westport, CT 06880 

Phyllis Mandell Rosen and 
Richard Rosen '60 have a new 
granddaughter. She is the 
daughter of their son, Daniel 
Rosen '*>I, and his wife, Julie 
Cardonick Rosen '92. 
Joel Woldman reports that the 
bone marrow transplant he 
received from his twin brothei 
Murray Woldman on May 29, 
1998, was highly successful and 
that he is doing very well. 


Joan Silverman Wallack, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Linden Shores, 
#28, Branford, CT 06405 

61 40th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

ludith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 


Ann Leder Sharon, Class 
Correspondent, 13890 Ravenwood 
Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #16B, New York, NY 

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn (M.A. 'S.^, 

Ph.D. '88) published an article, 
"The Culture of the Just Born," in 
the January/February 2000 issue 
of Tikkun magazine. She is an 
associate professor of sociology at 
the University of Vermont. 

Shelly A. Wolf, Class 
Correspondent, 113 Naudain 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

The Fall 1999 issue oi AMIT 
Ma^iiizmc featured an illustrated 
article by Peter Berkowsky, 
"Minyan at the Marathon," about 
the annual pre-race religious 
service he inaugurated in 19.S3. 
The ISth International Minyan 
for NYC Marathoners was held on 
November S. David J. Levenson 
has )oined the law firm of Mays 6i. 
Valentine of northern Virginia as 
a partner, where he will continue 
to practice securities and 
corporate law for foreign and 
domestic companies, which are or 
plan to be publicly held. Marilyn 
Rosenstock Seymann was elected 
to the board of directors of 
Northwestern Corporation of 
South Dakota, a leading provider 
of services and solutions to over 
one million customers 


Joan Furber Kalafatas, Class 
Correspondent, A Brandywyne, 
Wayland, MA, 01778 

Eileen Raymond had her book. 

Learners with Mild Disabilities: 
A Cliaractcristics Approach, 
published by Allyn Bacon in 
December 1999. Her book 
considers a variety of mild 
disabilities from a non-categorical 
characteristics viewpoint, and it 
includes a number of extended 
case studies to enhance active 
learning by the pre-service 
teachers who may use it in 
preparing to teach their students 
with disabilities. In addition, the 
publisher, Allyn Bacon, has 
released the instructor's manual 
for this text. Melanie Rovner 
Cohen was named president of 
the Turnaround Management 
Association, a leading 
organization for professionals in 
the corporate renewal industry. 
She recently was a guest on The 
National Property Management 
Roundtable, a weekly radio-style 
talk show on the Internet at Steven Stern is 
a senior vice president with 
William R. Hough and Company 
and a paitner at Scheer-Stern 
Development. He helps mid-sized 
cities construct spurts venues. 

Kenneth E. Davis, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Mary Chilton 
Road, Needham, MA 02492 

Mike Liederman produced and 
wrote Biography: Monty Hall for 
Aii^^E and Towers Productions, 
Chicago. The episode aired on 
December 8. Gwenn Karel Levine 
has left St. Joseph's Hospital and 
Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, 
alter 17 years, most recently as 
vice president of community and 
regulatory affairs. She has 
established an independent 
consulting practice specializing in 
community development, health 
planning, and regulatory affairs. 


Anne ReiUy Hort, Class 
Correspondent, 4600 Livingston 
Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471 

Robert Hort recently passed the 
New Yurk State Bar examination. 
Howard D. Scher, a Montgomery, 
McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, 
LLP partner has 28 years of 
complex litigation and antitrust 
experience representing corporate 
clients. He recently spoke at the 
Fifth Annual Health Care 
Antitrust Forum: Making 
Business Decisions in a World of 
Antitrust Risk, where he was a 
copanelist on the topic of 
prescription drug litigation. He 
also spoke at Work for the 
Welfare of the City — The Jewish 
Community and Welfare Reform, 
a public policy forum, where he 
served as a copanelist on the 
Jewish Community Call to 
Action. He is chair of the board of 
directors of the Jewish 
Employment and Vocational 
Services in Pennsylvania. 


David Greenwald, Class 
Correspondent, 3655 Aquetong 
Road, CarversviUe, PA 18913 
dsg50@hot mail, com 

Deborah Lewin Azoulay received 
a doctorate in clinical psychology 
IPsy.D.l from the Adler School of 
Professional Psychology in 
Chicago. She has written a 
chapter in Tberaplay: Innovations 
m Attdchnient-Enhancing Play 
Therapy called "Tberaplay with 
Physically Handicapped antl 
Developmental ly He laved 
Children." Louis Riceberg |M.A. '73, 
Ph.D. '79) was appointed senior 
vice president of strategic 
development at SafeScicnce, Inc., 
a company that addiesses the 
problem ot human health and 
chemical safely, with 
phaimaceutical, agricultural, and 
consumer protlucts that are 
efficacious and chemically sate. 

54 Brandcis Rt 

News Notes 



30th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Phoebe Epstein, Class 
Correspondent, 205 West S9th 
Street, #10-S, New York, NY 

Seymore and Ethel Epstein of 
Arizona made a generous gift in 
memory of their late daughter, 
Marsha Epstein Jospe, on the 
occasion of her 30th Reunion. 
Emily Kamine Soloff was named 
associate director of the Chicago 
Chapter of the American Jewish 
Committee where she has been 
employed for over two years. 
Emily also hosted a session of the 
Downtown Lunch Series of the 
Alumni Club of Chicago. Ira 
Shapiro has loined the law firm of 
Long Aldndge &. Norman LLP as 
partner and head of its 
international trade practice. From 
1993 to 1997, Ira served as general 
counsel and then as chief trade 
negotiator with lapan and Canada 
in the Office of the United States 
Trade Representative. Judith 
Tellerman received a presidential 
appointment to the National 
Advisory Council of the United 
States Department of Human 
Services Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Services 
Administration. The council 
oversees state block grants for 
mental health research and 
prevention, and treatment in the 
area of mental health. She is a 
clinical psychologist and a 
clinical assistant professor at the 
University of Illinois College of 
Medicine and has been given wide 
recognition for developing 
programs to address suicide 
prevention among youth. 


Charles S. Eisenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Ashford Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02159 

Arthur Levine, president of 
Teachers College at Columbia 
University, has loined the board 
of directors of Blackboard, Inc., a 
leading online education 
company that powers the online 
teaching and learning 
environments at more than 1,600 
educational institutions in more 
than 70 countries. Josh Mostel 
was one of the stars of Crunes at 
the Theater @ St. Clement's in 
New York City in November 
1999. President Clinton named 
Deborah Spilalnik to the 
President's Committee on Mental 
Retardation in February 2000. 
Deborah is the executive director 
of the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center 
on Development Disabilities of 
the University of Medicine and 
Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert 
Wood Johnson Medical School, 
where she is an associate 
professor of pediatrics. 

Beth Posin UchiU, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malia Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02467 

James "Jim" E. Oliff was 

reelected to his third consecutive 
term as second vice chair of The 
Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He 
IS executive director of 
International Futures and Options 
Associates and president of FILO 
Corp. Jim spoke at the Downtown 
Lunch Series of the Alumni Club 
of Chicago. President Clinton 
.gave Stuart E. Weisberg a recess 
appointment m December 1999 as 
commissioner of the Federal 
Occupational Safety and Health 
Review Commission. From 1994 
to 1999 he served as chair of the 
Review Commission, an 
independent, quasi-judicial 
agency whose mission is to serve 
as a ctiurt to rest)lve disputes over 
contested Occupational Safety 
and Health Administration 
citations and penalties for health 
and safety violations. Stuart also 
reports that he is coaching his 
son's fourth grade basketball 
team, putting to use skills learned 
from his days sitting on the 
Judges' bench near K.C. Jones. 


Dan Garfmkel, Class 
Correspondent, 2420 Kings Lane, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Alan R. Cormier has been 
appointed vice president and 
general counsel, a newly 
established position, at Dynamics 
Research Corporation in 
Massachusetts. The company 
develops and operates computer 
and communication-intensive 
information systems, provides a 
broad spectrum of engineering 
and management support 
services, and produces precision 
manufacturing components for 
industrial measurement and 
control. Barbara Freedman Wand 
has been appointed chair of the 
trusts and estates department of 
the Boston law firm Hill ^ 
Barlow. Barbara participated in 
the World of Law & Public 
Service program sponsored by the 
Brandeis University Student 
Alumni Association in February. 
The program was an informal 
roundtable discussion with local 
alumni in the legal profession. 
Randy S. Glaser Kovacs is at the 
School of Communications at the 
University of Hartford where she 
teaches courses in public 
relations and international 
communication. Ted Gup, 
professor of lournalism at Case 
Western Reserve University in 
Cleveland, OH, had his first book 
published by Doubled. ly The 

book. The Book of Honor: Covert 
Lives and Classified Deaths at 
the CIA, tells of the lives and 
deaths of covert CIA officers 
killed in service. Random House 
will release an ahrid,i;ed version 
on audiotape. Jessie Natovitz 
Marshall, an attorney with the 
United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, recently 
published a book in the 
intellectual property law field. 
Guide to the Niee Agreement 
Concerning the International 
Classification of Goods and 


Janet Besso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 1556 Old Orchard 
Street, Armonk, NY 10504 
INote; New Mailing Address] 


Elizabeth Sarason Pfau, Class 
Correspondent, 80 Monadnock 
Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Michael AUosso spent the last 
year as artistic director of the 
Gloucester Stage Company. In 
June 1999 at a ceremony held at 
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, his 
production of Dealer's Choice 
won the Best Production award. 
He is presently in his 13th year at 
Boston Conservatory teaching and 
directing musical theater. He 
coaches executives in 
presentation speaking and acts, 
writes, and directs shows for 
corporate, trade, and private 
events. He returns frequently to 
direct at Brandeis, and directs 
plays for professional theaters 
throughout the area. Gerald 
Bergtrom recently marked 20 
years of teaching and research in 
cell and molecular biology at the 
University of Wisconsin- 
Milwaukee. He hosted the IX 
International Balbiani Ring 
Workshop in September 1999. His 
review of Chironoiniis, the insect 
containing the chromosomal 
Balbiana Rings, was published in 
the Encyclopedia of Molecular 
Biology this year. David 
Bloomfield, professor of 
educational administration at the 
Brooklyn College Graduate 
School of Education, published an 
article on technology-based peer 
education (available at and will 
lecture on education law at the 
American Association of School 
Administrators Annual 
Convention in San Francisco. 
Robert A. Creo is an arbitrator 
and mediator in Pittsburgh, PA. 
Kathryn Hellerstein is on leave 
from her position as senior fellow 
in Yiddish and Jewish studies at 
the University of Pennsylvania. 

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other's weddings or other 
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and births are included in 
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she is currently a Guggenheim 
Fellow and visiting lecturer in 
American studies at Hebrew 
University for 1999-2000. Wayne 
State University Press published 
her book, Paper Bridges: Selected 
Poeim of Kddya Molodowsky. in 
lune 1999. She is coeditor, with 
Hilene Flanzbaum '80 (Rivka) 
Lisa (Hammerman) Perel is living 
on a yishuv m Israel with her 
daughter and husband. She 
received her M.F.A. degree from 
University of Pennsylvania m 
1978 and made dhyab in 1980. 
She spends her time coordinating 
and teaching in a high school and 
junior high school art program in 
nearby Maaleh Adummim, 
illustrating for several Israeli 
publishing houses, and 
completing the construction of 
her home. Bob Jaffe and his wife 
celebrated their 20th anniversarv 
this year. He performed a one- 
person piece called ".-.and then 
you go on," an anthology of the 
works of Samuel Beckett, in 
Providence, Rl. He is producer of 
Night Kitchen Radio Theater, a 
radio play adaptation of children's 
books performed live, for the 
radio, and over the Internet. 
Jeffrey Karp became partner in the 
law firm of Swidler Berlin Shereff 
Friedman in Washington, D.C., 
where he specializes in 
telecommunications and 
environmental law. He and his 
wife, Lynne Vinnacombe Karp, 
reside with then five children in 
Potomac, MD. Since December 
1998, David Martinez has been 
city manager for the city of 
Valleio, CA. Valle)o is a full service 
city in the San Francisco Bay Area 
with a population of 1 15,000 and 
with an overall budget of $150 
million. Marvin Pinkert, his wife, 
Melanie Tcrner Pinkert '75, and 
their two children have relocated 
to Washington, D.C. from 
Chicago. Marvin is developing 
two new museums — a brand new 
city history museum for 
Washington and a major expansion 
of the city's children's museum. 
Steven T. Ruby, M.D., has left the 
faculty of the University of 
Connecticut after 1.3 years, to join 
friends in a private practice of 
vascular surgery in Hartford, CT. 
Laurie Slater Albert hosted 

Professor of Economics Barney 
Schwalberg at her home in 
Malibu, CA, for a Faculty-in-the- 
Field program in fuly. Roger P. 
Weissberg is enjoying family life 
m Wilmette, IL, and is a professor 
of psychology and education at 
the University of Illinois at 
Chicago. He directs a National 
Institutes of Mental Health- 
funded prevention and research 
training program in urban 
children's mental health. He is 
also executive director of The 
Collaborative to Advance Social 
and Emotional Learning (CASEL). 


Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue, 
#4G, New York, NY 10009 

Phyllis Glazer published her third 
cookbook, from PhyUis' Kitchen, 
(in Hebrew, Keter Publishers], 
following her last (Biblical) 
cookbook, which was published 
in Italian and German. She is the 
senior food writer for the 
]eruscilem Post, a regular 
columnist for Israel's largest 
Hebrew newspaper, Yediol 
Aharonot, and appears regularly 
on television and radio. She has 
also contributed to The Insight 
Guide of Israel and Savcur 
Magazine- She lives in Tel Aviv 
with her two daughters. Jessica de 
Koninck of Montclair, NI, has 
been appointed fellow with the 
John S. Watson Institute for 

Barney Schwalberg. 
Laurie Slater Albert '74 

Jessica de Koninck 
Public Policy at Thomas Edison 
State College. In her role with the 
Watson Institute, lessica is a 
consultant on public education 
and local government matters for 
the New lersey Urban Mayors 
Association, the city of Trenton, 
and other organizations Cynthia 
Montague and Marilyn 
Wcsterkanip '76 recently marked 
their 25th year as domestic 
partners. These two moms and 
their children live in California, 
where Cynthia is the main 
housemother Peretz Rodman was 
granted rabbinical ordination by 
the Schecter Institute of lewish 
Studies, affiliated with Israel's 
Masorti (Conservative) 

Movement, in December 1999. 
He now serves as educational 
director of Midreshet lyun, the 
premier institute for adult lewish 
learning m Tel Aviv. Melanie 
Terner Pinkert, her husband 
Marvin Pinkert '74, and their two 
children have relocated to 
Washington, DC, from Chicago. 
Melanie is teaching music in the 
Gaithersburg, MD, public 

76 25th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Beth Pearlman, Class 
Correspondent, 1773 Diane Road, 
Mendota Heights, MN 551 18 

Since 1998, Harvey Seifter has 
been the executive director of the 
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 
New York City Marilyn 
Westerkamp and Cynthia 
Montague '75 recently marked 
their 25th year as domestic 
partners. These two moms and 
their children live in California 
where Marilyn is a professor at 
the University of California- 
Santa Cruz. 


Fred Berg, Class Correspondent, 
150 East 83rd Street, #2C, New 
York, NY 10028 

Marshall A. Corson, M.D., 
recently received a National 
Institutes of Health grant funding 
to study "Regulation of 
endothelial nitric oxide synthase 
hy phosphorylation." Marshall is 
cardiology section chief at 
Harhorview Medical Center and 
associate professor of medicine at 
the University of Washington- He, 
his wife, and their three sons live 
on Mercer Island, WA. Jill Heine 
IS a lawyer for Amnesty 
International in London and 
authored their new publication 
Amnesty International Fan Truth 
Manual. Judith Powsner has 
returned to live in Waltham, MA, 
where she is a clinical social 
worker and mother of two 
daughters. Siv Kelman Rapuano is 
teaching Hebraic Roots of Our 
Faith, a study of the Hebraic 
mindset and setting of the 
Hebrew scriptures in its symbols, 
concepts, Hebraic word studies, 
etc. She has established The 
Ohve Tree, a studv oi Israel and 
God's covenants and promises, 
anti-Semitism in the church, and 
God's plan for Israel. She also 
loads a prayer group for the 
protection and preservation for 
Israel and the Jewish worldwide 
community Allen Kindman is in 
the private practice of cardiology 
in North Carolina. In 1996, after 
cloning a novel intracellular 

calcium channel (PNAS 93: 1993- 
96), while on the faculty at Duke 
University, he left academia to 
pursue other opportunities. He 
now runs one of the most 
technologically advanced solo 
cardiology practices in the 
country. He lives in Durham, NC, 
with his wife and their two 
children. Stuart Young has been 
promoted to associate general 
counsel/operations at Cox 
Enterprises, Inc., one of the 
nation's leading media companies 
and operator of automobile 


Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street, #8J, New York, NY 10023 

Ronnie Abel Sanderson lives in 

Columbia, MD, with her husband 
and two children. She works for 
the Maryland Office of the 
Attorney General as a mediation 
supervisor. Andrea AskenDunn is 
home-schooling her two children 
in rural Maine. Lisa Barnett has 
had a poetry chapbook, The 
Peacock Room, published by 
Somers Rocks Press, She is 
employed as a copywriter at Hal 
Lewis Group, a pharmaceutical 
advertising agency in 
Philadelphia, PA. She and her 
husband, Jed Steinman '79, hve 
with their daughter m 
Havertown, PA Brad Bederman 
has been a technical recruiter for 
MATRIX Resources in Dallas, TX 
for the last six years. Louis 
Benjamin is president of Modern 
Gas Company, Inc., an 
independent propane marketing 
company in New Jersey. He 
reports that he does not miss 
practicing law and that life is 
great with his wife and three 
children. Ann Bolts Bromberg is 
doing freelance editing and 
proofreading tor Temple 
University and other clients. She 
recently celebrated the bat 
mitzvah of her daughter m 
November 1999. Marcy Clebnik 
Kornreich is program director at 
Camp Young Judea in New 
Hampshire. She also maintains a 
busy freelance writing, editing, 
and proofreading business and 
lives with her husband and three 
children in Wellesley, MA. 
Deborah L. Cohen works as a 
wntcr ^\nd public affairs specialist 
for the Annie E. Casey 
Foundation in Baltimore after 
many years as a journalist 
specializing in education and 
children's issues. Marc D. Draisen 
continues to work in the 
community development 
movement. He is the chair of 
Massachusetts Voters for Clean 
Elections, which recently 

56 Brandeis Review 


celebrated a major victory for 
campaign fmance reform at the 
State House Andrea Epstein 
Green is an elementary art 
teacher in Hudson, MA. She is 
currently working toward a M.Ed, 
from Lesley College and has a 
specialization in curriculum and 
instruction in creative arts 
learning. Her oldest son is in his 
first year at Tufts University. Gail 
Ewall moved to Seattle in 
February 1999 and is working as a 
cashier at the Zoo Store at 
Woodland Park Zoo. Dan Feier, 
his wife, and two children live in 
Menlo Park, CA. He is employed 
by Cypress Semiconductor of San 
lose, CA Andra Fischgrund 
Stanton had her book, Zapotec 
Weavers of Teoutlan, published 
by the Museum of New Mexico 
Press in October 1999. Elizabeth 
"Betty" Folino has been teaching 
in the Danish public school 
system since 1979. She earned a 
Danish teacher degree in 1982, a 
graduate teaching degree in 
physical education in 1984, and a 
library sciences degree in 1996. 
She has taught many different 
subjects at the primary, 
intermediate, and high school 
level, hut now mainly teaches 
Danish language and reading 
skills. She became a Danish 
citizen in 1986 and lives in 
Denmark with her two sons. 
Several Brandeisians attended the 
bat mitzvah of the daughter of 
L. Sue Freidus Katz including Iris 
Raylesberg, Ronnie Abel 
Sanderson, David Wasser '74, Gail 
Danemann Tolpin '"^3, and 
Cynthia Hoffman Bergman '82 
Peter Lichtenthal is vice president 
general manager of Estee Lauder 
International in New York City. 
Eric Friedberg was promoted in 
November 1999 to senior 
litigation counsel at the United 
States Attorney's Office in 
Brooklyn, NY, where he focuses 
on the investigation and 
prosecution of securities fraud, 
public corruption, and technology 
crime cases. Eric was previously 
chief of the Narcotics and Money 
Laundering Unit at the United 
States Attorney's Office. Didi 
Goldenhar is living on the east 
end of Long Island, NY, with her 
10-year-old son. She is a 
consultant to nonprofit and 
philanthropic organizations on 
change management, strategic 
planning, and launching of new 
ventures. She is also a published 
poet and critic, and is working on 
a novel, (udy Groner Havivi is the 
Hebrew and ludaic studies 
director at B'nai Shalom Day 
School in Greensboro, NC. Lori 
Sue Herman and her son have 
relocated to Martha's Vineyard, 
MA, where she is practicing law. 

Renee Hcynian Nachbar has three 
children and is quite active in 
school activities including 
initiating special reading 
programs, running numerous 
district-wide fundraisers, and 
volunteering m the library and 
computer labs. She is also active 
in the Jewish community at 
synagogue, the community 
center, and in the fewish renewal 
movement Harris Holzberg, his 
wife, and son live in Northern 
California. He is employed as a 
financial planner and money 
manager, Gerald A. Isenberg, 
M.D., is happily married ftii 20 
years and living m the suburbs of 
Philadelphia, PA, with his wife 
and their two children. He is a 
colon and rectal surgeon at 
Thomas Jefferson University 
Hospital. Christopher Karp is 
associate professor of medicine in 
the division of infectious diseases 
at lohns Hopkins University 
where he is doing immunological 
research. He also performs as a 
violinist and pianist and has a 9- 
year-old son. Zvi Leverich lives in 
Jerusalem and works as a tour 
guide and educator. He is married 
and has two sons David S. Lubin 
spends most of his time preparing 
liability and professional 
negligence cases for trial in 
Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 
Lorraine Luger moved to a new 
home in Connecticut in 
November 1999. Roderick 
MacNeil is manager of computer 
support at the School of Medicine 
of the University of Pennsylvania. 
Scott Marnoy, M.D., lives with 
his wife and children in 
Claremont, CA. He is a practicing 
gastroenterologist and assistant 
chief of internal medicine at 
Kaiser-Permanente in Fontana, 
CA. Joanne Meirovitz started her 
own business this November, IM 
Design, a freelance illustration 
and web design company in 
Boston. Lili Meisel started her 
own business. Designs in Fabric, 
decorating, creating costumes for 
theater, and original fashions. 
Roderick MacKinnon, professor of 
molecular neurobiology and 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
Investigator at The Rockefeller 
University, was one of six 
recipients of the 1999 Lasker 
Award, a prestigious prize in 
biomedical science. He is also the 
first alumnus of Brandeis 
University to be the recipient of 
the Rosenstiel Award for 
Distinguished Work in Basic 
Medical Research. He received 
the award this year for his 
groundbreaking research on 
molecular foundations of 
electrical signal generation in 
neurons and other types of cells. 
John L. Moss has been appointed 
vice president of development and 
engineering at SOFTRAX 

Corporation, a leading provider of 
business solutions to software 
and content providers, Linda 
Parker Horowitz started her own 
business. Marketing Concepts & 
Communications, a company that 
provides services to clients such 
as Dresdner, RCM Global 
Investors, and Transamerica Asset 
Management. She is on the board 
of directors of the lewish 
Federation and lives with her 
husband and two children in 
Arcadia, CA Cheryl Polansky 
Baraty was appointed chaii of the 
Milwaukee Jewish Committee on 
Scouting for the Boy Scouts of 
America and is a member of the 
Advisory Board of National 
Jewish Committee on Scouting. 
She was the keynote speaker at 
the 1999 Annual Business 
Meeting of the Apartment 
Association of Southeastern 
Wisconsin. Jeffrey Polekoff, M.D., 
works as a hospitalist/intensivist 
at the Gwinnett Medical Center 
in Georgia, He and his two sons 
live m Atlanta. Valerie 
Sonnenthal loined the board of 
Blue Rock School in West Nyack, 
NY, where her son is in the first 
grade. A local bookstore exhibited 
the original artwork from the 
calendar she organized for the 
Rockland Parent Child Center in 
Nyack, NY. She serves on the 
board of the Nursery School of 
the Nyacks, a cooperative 
preschool she helped to organize. 
She and several dozen other 
residents of Valley Cottage, NY, 
saved a piece of land from 
development and created a park 
with walking trails. Mel Stoler 
has been director of child/ 
adolescent case management for 
the Department of Mental Health 
in Boston since February 1998. He 
resides with his wife and two 
sons in Brookline, MA, where he 
continues to cycle year-round and 
donate platelets at the Dana 
Farber Cancer Institute. Mark R. 
Sultan, M.D., was recently 
appointed chief of plastic surgery 
at Beth Israel Medical Center in 
New York. He lives in Englewood, 
Nl, with his wife and their four 
children, Mark Surehin is a 
partner practicing corporate law 
in Toronto, Canada, where he is 
married with two daughters. 
David Francis Urrows is busy 
performing and teaching music m 
Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. In 
his spare time, he is assistant 
organist at St. John's Cathedral in 
Hong Kong. 

Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angier Road, 
Lexington, MA 02420 

Jeremy Silverfine was appointed 
chief of the special prosecutions 
unit for the Suffolk County 
District Attorney's Office in 
Boston. He was elected to the 
executive board of the New 
England Chapter of High 
Technology Crime Investigation 


Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 58.5 Glen Meadow 
Road, Richboro, PA 18954 

81 20th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hobart Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02459 

Marlene Finn Ruderman was 

graduated with a M.S. degree in 
counseling in December 1999 
from Southern Connecticut State 
University and is a nationally 
certified counselor. Her private 
practice, Kadisha Healing 
Services, is located in 
Wallingford, CT, where she 
specializes in shamanic 
counseling, grief and loss issues, 
and home/workspace purification 
and blessing. Paul D. Garmon is a 
streaming media scientist at 
TechOnLine in Waltham, MA. In 
this role, he develops media 
delivery systems providing online 
educational courses, information, 
and other resources to the 
electronic engineering 
community worldwide. He left 
Avid Technology, after nearly 
nine years of engineering 
nonlinear editing solutions for the 
television and film industry. This 
past summer he, his wife, and 
their two children moved to 
Lexington, MA. Michael 
Goldman and his wife live in 
North Hollywood, CA, where he 
serves as senior editor for 
Millimeter magazine, a film and 
television production trade 
publication, and also writes for 
the LA Times, Variety, and a host 
of other pubhcations when he has 
time. Debra Lapin Freire is vice 
president of Novartis 
Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey. 
Deborah Levitin Markowitz is 
living happily in Israel with her 
husband and their four children. 
She has been taking a yearlong 
course to become a certified 
aerobics instructor at the Wingate 
Institute. Debbie and her husband 
have also opened a geriatric care- 
management agency to arrange 
home care and other services for 
seniors who need assistance, but 
want to remain m then own homes. 

57 Spring 2000 



Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1007 Euclid 
Street, #3, Santa Monica, CA 

Debi Hessel and her hushand are 
in the final stages of construction 
on a house in North Hills, NY. 
Debt IS a partner at 
PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Fort 
Lee, NI. Eric Pomerantr, CPA, has 

Enc Pomcrantz 

been promoted to chief financial 
officer at Barclay Water 
Management, Inc., a leading 
regional water treatment firm 
providing water management 
products and services to 
industrial, institutional, and 
commercial clients through the 
northeastern United States. Eric 
will assume responsibility for all 
financial and manufacturing 
operations of Barclay Water 
Treatment Company, Inc., and its 
wholly owned subsidiary Barclay 
Water Management, Inc. He and 
his family live in Sharon, MA. 
In our last issue, we stated that 
the state-chartered energy 
conservation utility Aaron Adler 
is working to create would be 
reducing electricity use in 
Brookfield, VT. That is incorrect: 
the energy conservation utility 
will serve all of Vermont. Aaron 
lives in Brookfield, VT We 
apologize for any inconvenience 
this may have caused. 


Lori Berman Cans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale 
Road, Newton, MA 02468 

The 1999-2000 John "JJ" 
lamoulis Endowed Scholarship 
was awarded to Stephanie Davis 
'02, of E. Kingston, RI. Davis is a 
psychology major, has been on the 
Dean's List for academic 
achievement, and is on the track 
team. Luigi Pacifico, M D., is an 
invasive cardiologist who 
practices in Worcester, MA. He 
recently published a research 
article in Chniviil Canlidloify, 
"Head: Ischemia of the Lower 
Extremities Due to Aortic 

Dissection." He serves as 
assistant professor of medicine at 
the University of Massachusetts 
Medical School in Worcester. 
Marc Rothenbetg, of the 
Children's Hospital Medical 
Center and University of 
Cincinnati Medical Center, edited 
and published Chemakinci in 
Allergic Disease. Barry Ruditsky 
is vice president of business 
development and OEM (Original 
Equipment Manufacturing] Sales 
at Instinctive Technology in 
Cambridge, MA. 


Mareia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 480 Valley Road, 
#B3, Upper Montclair, NI 07043 

Arthur W. Bodek )oined the New 
York office of the global law firm 
of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer .Ss. 
Feld, LLP, as senior counsel. He 
will continue to focus on customs 
and international trade law. 
[udith Feinsilver Monte! moved 
to Kelt Shemesh, Israel, in luly 
i^)^>^) She IS a housewife with 
fuLli children Douglas 
Monasebian, M.L^., practices 
plastic and reconstructive surgery 
in Manhattan and is the chair of 
the Allied Health Professionals 
Alumni Network at Brandeis 
House, Eric K. Silverman, 

Enc Sih-ernitin 
associate professor of 
anthropology at DePauw 
University in Greencastle, IN, 
was selected by the National 
Endowment for the Humanities 
to receive a fellowship for the 
2000-01 academic year. The 
award carries a $30,000 stipend 
for the 12-month period 
beginning June I, 2000. His 
project will focus on "Jewish 
Circumcision in Myth, Folklore, 
and Ritual: Perspectives from 
Anthropology and 

James R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, 26956 Helmond 
Drive, Calabasas, CA 9I30I 

Iris Alkalay Appel and her 

husband have two children: Ari 
Samuel, born May 19, 1995, and 
Isaac leremy Israel, born January 
29, 1999. For the past five years, 
Shari Rosen has been part of a 
successful lob-share team at 
Interep Radio in New York City, 
most recently as vice president of 
sales. She reports that she 
thoroughly enjoys the benefits of 
a challenging career and raising 
children. She and her partner have 
launched a new independent 
division of Interep, where they 
will consult corporations as to the 
benefits of ]ob-sharing, feffrey D. 
Zimon has been named partner 
with the law firm of Benesch, 
Friedlander, Coplan &. Aronoff 
LLP of Cleveland, OH. He is a 
member of the Compensation and 
Benefits Practice Group where he 
focuses on tax-qualified 
retirement plans, including multi- 
employer plans and trust, and 
welfare benefit arrangements. 

86 15th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Beth lacobowitz Zive, Class 
Correspondent, 16 Furlong Drive, 
Cherry Hill, N| 08003 

Stacy E. Costello has been named 
partner in the Washington, DC, 
office of the law firm of Robins, 
Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP Her 
practice focuses in the areas of 
federal and state taxation, estates 
and trusts, real estate, and general 
business counseling. Jodi 
Shendell Kaye is a stay-at-home 
mother living in New York City 
with her husband, son, and new 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 153 East 57th 
Street, #2G, New York, NY 10022 

The wedding of Brian Ash 
included many former residents 
of Mod 16 as well as other 
Brandeis alumni. Those 
participating in the ceremony 
included Chris Becke '88, Elliott 
Fox, Gail Miller, and Jay Kerncss 
'86 as ushers. Hope Ross read 
from the Book of Ruth, Stephanie 
Lubroth Fox sang the Ave Murui 
in French, and Lisa Escovitz 
Kerness was mistress of 
ceremonies. Additional wedding 
guests included Dan Gordon, 
Sondra Baron, and David 
Rosenblum '88 Daniel Gordon 
has been n;imed assistant chiet in 
the Department of Radiology at 
Womack Army Medical Center in 

Ft. Bragg, NC. He finished a 
fellowship in advanced MRI 
imaging/hody imaging at the 
Medical College of Virginia in 
1998, and has held teaching 
appointments in the Department 
of Radiology and Nuclear 
Medicine at Uniformed Services 
University of the Health Sciences 
and at Medical College of 
Virginia. He and his wife reside in 
a house on a beautiful lake in 
North Carolina. Laurie Meyers 
Goldberg and Robyn Zelcowicz 
Rapapott enioy living with their 
respective husbands and two 
children each in Marlboro, NJ, 
and kickboxing in their free time. 


Karen B. Rubenstein, 61 Maine 
Avenue, #BI4, Rockville Centre, 
NY 1 1570 
(Note: New Mailing and E-mail 

Mitchell Bard recently completed 
production of the independent 
feature film, Mcigeis and 
Acquisitions, which he wrote, 
produced, and directed. The film 
stars Lee Tergesen of HBO's Oz, 
Martha Byrne of As the World 
Turns, and Brian Vander Ark, lead 
singer of The Verve Pipe. He lives 
m Mineola, NY, with his wife 
Ronna Horwitz-Bard '90 Chris 
Becke once again hosted singer/ 
songwriter Greg Greenway for a 
house concert on February 23. 
While he mostly performed his 
new music during the show, Greg 
also played songs from the old 
Cholmondeley's days. For four 
years, the ci^mpany |onathan 
Beit-Aharon and his wife own and 
operate, J&C Migrations, 
(], has been 
successful doing legacy 
migrations and Y2K work. They 
have recently joined IBM's 
Approved Vendors List. Ed 
Benjamin is sports anchor for 
News 12-The Bronx. Karen Lee 
Benjamin is living in California 
with her husband and is an 
associate professor of psychology 
at Llelta College Stu Berman and 
his wife live in Penn Valley, PA, 
with their 1 -year-old son. Douglas 
Blechcr, his wife, Jill 
Schnurniacher '89, and their son 
live in New York City, where he 
IS the president and owner of 
Emerald City Media, a video and 
television production company, 
with his partner Paul "G" 
Goldberg. Susana Cielak Antebi 
moved with her family from 
Mexico City to Miami, FL. 
Michelle Doses is an attorney at 
the Department of Veteran Affairs 
in Washington, DC. Rachel 
Gubitz Feingold is a stav-at-home 
mother lor her tour ehiKlren in 
West Hartford, CT. Carrie Finch- 
Goldstein teaches fifth grade at 

58 Brandeis Review 

Maimonides Academy in Florida. 
Dan lacobs is a licensed clinical 
psychologist in Massachusetts 
and director of suhacute services 
in the Department of Psychiatry 
and Mental Health Services at the 
North Shore Medical Center in 
Salem, MA. He manages a day 
treatment program for adults and 
adolescents dealing with mental 
health and substance abuse 
concerns. He and Steve Oxman 
are finishing the filming and 
editing of their independent film 
of performers involved in the 
hybrid performance field, which 
involves mixing parts of Yiddish 
Revivalist Theater, North 
American Poetry Slams, and 
Modern Performance Art in 
Europe, and, most recently, Los 
Angeles, CA. Aaron Greenberg is 
the assistant director and camp 
director at the Katz lewish 
Community Center in Cherry 
Hill, NJ, where he recently 
purchased a new house. Michael 
Greenstein practices family taw 
m Pittsburgh, PA, where he has 
remained active in theater, 
participates in the Society for 
Creative Anachronism, and 
enioys fencing. Cindy Kalb Golub 
is a certified nutritionist, who is 
presently a stay-at-home mother. 
Jennifer McGunnigle has been a 
teacher in Fairfax County, VA, for 
six years. She previously worked 
in Washington, D.C., public 
schools. Her son is two years old. 
Jonathan Mclntyre is a group 
leader in research and 
development at Parametric 
Technology Corporation in 
Waltham, MA, working on Pro/ 
Engineer CAD/CAM software. He 
runs about 30 miles per week and 
has entered and finished a half 
marathon and seven marathons in 
the last five years. He returned in 
September 1999 from a four- week 
trek through northern Nepal and 
Tibet, seeing Lake Manasavovar, 
Mount Kailash, Mount Everest, 
and the Dalai Lama's original 
home in Lhasa. Lisa Moctezuma- 
Bender and her husband 
purchased a building for their 
Spanish-language book 
distributorship and opened a 
retail store and gallery in the 
front portion of the space. The 
gallery specializes in Mexican, 
Latin American, and Spanish art. 
Lisa Morse Oren has been 
working for the Department of 
Social Services in Massachusetts. 
Daniel Nestel, his wife, and their 
daughter continue to reside in 
Bethesda, MD, where Daniel is 
entering his fifth year as a 
lobbyist at the National 
Collegiate Athletic Association 

INCAAI Robyn Rosenau Spirer 
and Lee Spirer live in New York 
City with their two children. 
Robyn is a faculty member of 
New York University School of 
Medicine in the Department of 
Psychiatry. She is also in private 
practice in child, adolescent, and 
adult psychiatry in Manhattan. 
Lee IS vice president and general 
manager of the financial services 
practice at Mainspring, an E- 
strategy consulting firm. Risa 
Rosen Vine is business manager 
of Ezra Academy, a Solomon 
Schechter Day School. She and 
her husband have two children 
and both are active in the Icwish 
community. In April 1999, 
Douglas Rosner was elected 
director of Goulston and Storrs, 
P.C., a 150-lawyer firm in Boston. 
He resides with his wife and their 
two children in Arlington, MA. 
Barry Ross and his wife Michelle 
Finkelstein Ross '89 bought a new 
home in Coral Springs, FL. Barry 
recently became a partner in his 
gastroenterological practice and 
Michelle continues to practice 
law in Plantation, FL. Karen B. 
Rubenstein "KBR" will soon be 
KBVV Karen has moved recently 
to New York to continue her lob 
search and to plan a lune 
wedding, Todd Rubenstein and 
his wife have settled in Brooklyn 
Heights, NY. During the summer, 
they enioyed two weeks in Japan, 
Springsteen in New Jersey, and 
The Baseball Hall of Fame in 
Cooperstown, NY. They also 
enioyed a few N'Sync shows, as 
his client manages them and 
Brittany Spears. David Ian Salter 
was graduated from the 
University of Southern California 
Film School in 1992. He was an 
assistant editor on a number of 
television series, including NYPD 
Blue. In 1996 he relocated to San 
Francisco to begin work as film 
editor at Pixar Animation 
Studios. He was second editor of 
A Bug's Life, and one of the lead 
editors of Toy Story 2. He is 
currently working as supervising 
film editor for a new, as-yet- 
untitled film for Pixar. Harold 
Simansky was graduated from the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology Sloan School of 
Management with a M.B.A. in 
June 1999 and is working as a 
management consultant for Bain 
&. Company. He and his wife 
reside in Cambridge, MA. Marc 
Tobin is general counsel for Inc., an Internet 
communications company. He 
moved with his wife and their 

three sons to Israel last year. Alise 
Young Panitch, her husband, and 
children reside in Cherry Hill, N|. 
Alise maintains a part-time 
practice in employment law and 
also serves as the business 
manager for her husband's new 
medical practice. Cherry Hill 
Family Medical Associates. In her 
spare time, she leads the capital 
campaign for a Jewish day school 
in Cherry Hill. 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Morrill Street, 
Newton, MA 02465 

Monica R. Harris is counsel and 
assistant vice president in the 
regulatory advisory group at 
Gruntal and Co., LLC, a national 
brokerage firm headquartered in 
New York City. She is also a 
licensed stockbroker and 
investment advisor. In 1999, 
Monica completed her first New 
York City Marathon in less than 
SIX hours, and was in Costa Rica 
for a 10-day trip that included 
white-water rafting and hiking 
through the rainforest. Stuart 
Katz became partner at the 
Bridgeport, CT, law firm of Cohen 
and Wolf, P.C., where he practices 
in the areas of employment law 
and commercial and criminal 
litigation. He lives with his wife, 
Marni Smith Katz '90, and their 
son in Hamden, CT, where they 
recently bought a house. Jeffrey S. 
Shapiro has been appointed chief 
of staff to Massachusetts 
Attorney General Tom Reilly. In 
this role, he will oversee all 
aspects of the attorney general's 
office, including external and 
internal communications, public 
policy issues, and 
intergovernmental relations. He 
will coordinate with the attorney 
general's first assistant and 
bureau chiefs on issues relating to 
oversight of the office staff, which 
includes 220 attorneys and 278 
professional staff members. He 
will continue oversight of 
operations in administration, 
finance, and human resources. 


Judith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Augusta Court, 
New City, NY 10956 

Staci Bockstein is practicing 
orthodontics in Merrick, NY. 
Scott Cohen left his position as 
director of the Boston Globe's to found Internet 
startup The 
company landed .$5 million in 
venture capital on the same day 
his first child was born. Debbie 
Dashoff returned to school, 

received an M.F.A. in teaching, 
and IS currently a social studies 
teacher at Belmont High School 
in Massachusetts. She lives with 
her husband and their dog in 
Brighton, MA. David A. Farbman 
was graduated from Brown 
University with a Ph.D. in 
American history in May 1999. 
He works as a research and policy 
associate with Recruiting New 
Teachers, Inc., a national policy 
center for recruitment and 
retention of teachers in urban 
schools. Ronna Horwitz-Bard, 
senior associate at the law firm 
Turley, Redmond 6i Rosasco, 
where she practices in the areas of 
workers compensation, social 
security disabilitv, and lives with 
her husband Mitchell Bard '88 in 
Mineola, NY Ann McWilliams 
Worthington is a human 
resources generalist for Winstar 
Wireless in Phoenix, AZ. 
Michelle Mellon-Werch is a 
corporate securities attorney 
working mainly with technology 
companies for Haynes and Boone, 
LLP in Austin, TX. Marni Smith 
Katz practices at the Bridgeport, 
CT, law firm of Green and Gross, 
P.C., where she concentrates in 
commercial litigation. She and 
her husband, Stuart Katz '89, live 
in Hamden, CT, with their son. 

91 10th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1740 Liberty 
Street, #8, El Cerrito, CA 94530 

Kama Einhorn is an editor of 
children's books at Scholastic Inc. 
in New York. Melissa Genson 
Rosenblum has practiced criminal 
defense law at the law firm of 
Genson & Gillespie for the last 
five years Jonathan C. Hamilton 
is an attorney with the 
international law firm of White & 
Case LLP in New York City. In 
addition, he is a term member of 
the Council on Foreign Relations 
and the chair of a Democratic 
political action committee. He 
previously served as a federal 
ludicial clerk in his home state of 

59 Spring 2000 


Beth C, Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 69 Hi);hlands 
Avenue, Springfield, Nl 07081 

Gregory Bland is a successful solo 
practitioner currently living in 
Chevy Chase, MD. Over the past 
three years, he has founded many 
successful social business 
ventures including Decades Night 
Club and the DC Society of 
Young Professionals 
{ Andrew 
Frank is assistant professor of 
history at California State 
University, Los Angeles. He has 
recently published The Routledge 
Historical Atlas of the American 
South, and has a book for young 
adults on the coming of the 
American Civil War in press. Julie 
B. Krasnogor opened a New York 
City law office and practices 
immigration law exclusively. 
Lynn Rosen wrote the off- 
Broadway play, Ni^hthawks, 
which appeared in February and 
March 2000, with Daryl A. Stone 
(M.FA. '96, Theater Arts! as 
costume designer and Miriam 
Wciner '93 as director, (oseph 
Spraragen joined the law firm of 
Barnes, Richardson & Colburn in 
New York, specializing in 
customs and international trade 
law. Ron West has been appointed 
vice president, head of television 
talent at International Creative 
Management of Beverly Hills, CA. 


Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1 Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Craig Benson is m his third-year 
of a doctoral program in 
chemistry at George Washington 
University. Nancy Berley is in her 
second-year at the Albert Einstein 
College of Medicine m New York. 
Michelle Genet is completing her 
pediatric residency at Louisiana 
State University Medical Center 
in New Orleans. Jeremy Gruber 
has left the American Civil 
Liberties Union to help found and 
serve as legal director for the 
National Workrights Institute, a 
civil rights organization dedicated 
to labor and employment issues. 
He continues to spend much of 
his time working on federal and 
state genetic anti-discriminatum 
legislation along with the 
Coalition for Genetic Fairness, 
which he also founded. Michael 
Kalin lives in Ontario, Canada, 
with his wife and is completing 
his residency in family medicine 
at the University of Western 
Ontario. Sheryl Levy is a seccmd- 
year medical student at 
University of Massachusetts. She 
and Barbara Tarter '94 were 

recently bridesmaids at the 
wedding of Rebecca L. 
Zuckeriiian Lieber '94 Shalini 
Madan-Benson is the associate 
director for prevention at the 
National Mental Health 
Association. She has been 
accepted at Georgetown 
University's Public Policy 
Institute. Lisa Raisner 
Schwarzwald is a master's degree 
candidate in higher education 
administration at the University 
of Texas, Austin, where she is 
also working as a study abroad 
advisor Daniel A. Silver has 
joined the Boston office of 
McDermott, Will & Emery as an 
associate in the corporate 
department, focusing on private 
equity, securities regulation, and 
mergers and acquisitions. When 
he IS not working, he can usually 
be found at Hanscom Field, 
taking instruction in a Cessna 
152 for his private pilot's license. 
After cimipleting a one-year 
clerkship on the Sixth Circuit 
Court of Appeals in Memphis, 
TN, Michele Svonkin is currently 
working as a second-year 
associate at the law firm of Shea 
& Gardner in Washington, D.C. 
Miriam Weiner recently directed 
the off-Broadway play 
Ni^hthawk^ written by Lynn 
Rosen '92 with costumes by 
Daryl A. Stone (M.FA. '96,' 
Theater Arts|. 


Sandy Kirschen Solot, Class 
Correspondent, l906McIntyre 
Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 
(Note: New Mailing and E-mail 

Joshua Freed is deputy director of 
research for the Democratic 
Congressional Campaign 
Committee. His band, Proximity 
Fuse, released a single on Liberty 
Fuse Records in Washington, D.C- 
Audrey Latman Gruber left CBS 
News to work as a producer at 
ABC News 20/20 working on 
consumer investigations for 
Arnold Diaz David Aquila 
Lawrence won the Pew 

Fellowship for International 
journalism from the Paul H, 
Nitze School of Advanced 
International Studies of The Johns 
Hopkins University. David is a 
freelance journalist based in 
Maine. From 1996 to early 1999, 
he lived in Bogota, Colombia, 
where he covered the civil war, 
human rights and refugee issues, 
the international drug trade, and 
Colombian culture and society for 
LA Times, National Public Radio, 
the British Broadcastmg 
Corporation, and Tht! Chn-^tian 
Science Monitor. Marc Tyler 
Nobleman has moved from Los 
Angeles to New York City. His 
second children's book, felix 
Explore-^ Our World, has been 
published. He is a regular 
contributor to Hii^hhgbts for 
Children, and launched his own 
Web site,, 
to continue selling his single 
panel cartoons. Some of his work 
has appeared in Barron's, Harvard 
Business Review. Brandwcek, The 
Spectator, and others. Douglas 
Stark has been a librarian and 
archivist at the Basketball Hall of 
Fame in Springfield, MA, for the 
past two years. His 
responsibilities include creating a 
research facility, assisting the 
designers on their new building 
exhibit content, and securing 
images for exhibitry. Rebecca L. 
Zuckerman Lieber is the North 
American events manager for the 
Hospitality Group in Chicago, 
planning corporate hospitality 
during major sporting events. She 
married the brother of Barry 
Lieber '85 and many Brandesians 
were in attendance including 
bridesmaids Barbara Tarter, senior 
development officer at the 
Museum of Television and Radio 
in New York City, and Sheryl 
Levy '93, a second-year medical 
student at the University of 


Suzanne Lavin, Class 
Correspondent, 160 Bleecker 
Street, #4HE, New York, NY 
10012 SRL21 

Raymond Adams is a 

commissioned officer in the U.S. 
Marine Corps. He was promoted 
to first lieutenant in December 
1999. He is currently with the 
Second Marine L^ivision, Camp 
Leieune, NC. Gladys K. Delman 
was graduated from Touro Law 
School in May 1999, She has 
spent the last three summers in 
India, where she studied 
international human rights law 
and Indian and Tibetan 
philosophy. After spending four 
years at an international public 

relations agency, Deborah Dragon 
recently joined the Natural 
History Museum of Los Angeles 
County as a media relations 
specialist. Shannon Moyuihan is 
advertising director ot Moynihan 
Lumber Co. in Beverly, MA, 
North Reading, MA, and 
Plaistow, NH Hannah Sacks and 
Mark Bookbinder '96 were 
married in Beverly Hills, CA. In 
attendance were Dan Finger '96, 
Mike Parker '96, Alisa Dashefsky, 
and Nate Sacks '98. Hannah and 
Mark took their honeymoon to 
Australia and currently reside in 
Penn Valley, PA. Hannah 
completed her elementary 
education certification in 
December 1999 and plans to 
teach elementary school. Seth 
Schiffman was graduated from 
Boston University with a M.B.A. 
in December 1999 and with his 
wife, Pcgah Hendizadeh 
Schiffman '97, has relocated to 
Connecticut. Ben Shoer is a 
reporter for the Todav's Sunbeam 
daily newspaper in Salem County, 
N| (eremy Tarlow is a 
veterinarian completing an 
internship at the Animal 
Emergency Center in Milwaukee, 
Wl, where he will remain to do a 
residency in veterinary 
emergency and critical care 
medicine. Rachel Zimmerman is 
helping to build the International 
Space Station at the Canadian 
Space Agency near Montreal, 
Quebec, Canada. She is cofounder 
of the Association for the 
Development of Aerospace 
Medicine and is on the executive 
board of the Canadian Alumni of 
the International Space 

96 5th Reunion-June 8-10, 2001 

Janet I. Lipman, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 

Jennifer Berkley and Janet 
Lipman were fortunate to be 
among the first group of young 
adults to take advantage of the 
Birthright/lVnai B'nth tour ot 
Isiael. Through a multimiUion 
dollar grant, young, Jewish adults 
from around the country were 
able to spend 10 davs m Israel at 
no cost. Mark Bookbinder passed 
the Pennsylvania and New Jersey 
Bar examinations, works for 
Ncxtel, and lives in Penn Valley, 
PA, with his wik', Hannah Sacks 
'95. Leah Levitz and her husband 
Eitan Fishbane '97, are both 
doctoral students at Brandeis 
University in the Near Eastern 

David Aquihi Lawrence 

60 Brandeis Review 

and Judaic Studies department. 
Atter 3 years in the Ottice ot 
Development at Biandeis 
University, Megan Healy is 
leavmg her position as assistant 
director of the Annual Fund to 
begin the two-year M.F.A. in 
dramaturgy program at Brandeis. 
Shalini Madan is associate 
director tor prevention at the 
National Mental Heahh 
Association, a nonprofit advocacy 
organization. Her husband, Craig 
Benson, is in the third year of a 
doctoral program in chemistry at 
George Washington University. 
Denice Saakakecny is a financial 
business consultant for 
information systems at the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology. Julie Silverstein 
passed the New York and 
Connecticut Bar examinations. 
Seth H. Vaughn is a foreign 
service officer with the U.S. State 
Department in Washington, D.C. 


loshua Firstenberg, Co-class 
Correspondent, 96 29th Street, #2, 
San Francisco, CA 941 10 

Pegah Hcndizadch Schitfman, Co- 
class Correspondent, 57 
Thornbridge Drive, Stamford, CT 

Pegah. Schilfmani^s. 
(Note: New Mailing AddressI 

Sharon Antiles was graduated 
from Boston University with a 
master's degree in public health 
in epidemiolog>' and biostatistics 
in December 1998. She has spent 
the past year at Massachusetts 
General Hospital working for the 
Department of Radiology and 
Quality Management in training 
and instructional design. 
Additionally, she works as a 
consultant for the Radiology 
Consulting Group on voice 
recognition and PACS system 
implementations, operational 
reengineering, and financial 
benchmarking. Seth Auerbach is 
an Internet marketing analyst 
with Omninel Corporation, an 
end-to-end c-business solutions 
development firm, with offices in 
New York and Philadelphia, PA. 
Seth IS also an active member in 
the Philadelphia Big Brother/Big 
Sister organization. Eitan 
Fishbane and his wile Leah Levitz 
'96 are both doctoral students at 
Brandeis in the Near Eastern and 
ludaic Studies department. Pegah 
Hendizadeh Schiffman and her 
husband Seth Schiffman '95 have 
relocated to Connecticut, where 
she is working as a human 
resources consultant at William 
M. Mercer in New York. Her 

senior research paper fur the 
Women's Studies pro,i;ram on 
Persian-American young women 
was published in Lilnh, a national 
lewish feminist magazine in 
December 1999. Rachel Reiner 
and Erie Parness '98 welcomed 
many Brandeisians to their 
wedding in Cincinnati in 
November 1999. including 
Melissa Bank '99, Michael Chase 
'98 Scott Friedman '98, |osh 
Israel '99, and current students 
Jonathan Seeord and Jesse Wald. 
Rachel and Eric reside in 
Manhattan. Laura Ross is a third- 
year student at the Cardozo Law 
School in New York City. 


Adam M. Greenwald, Co-class 
Correspondent, Brandeis 
University, Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations, Mailstop 124, 
Waltham, MA 02454 

Alexis Hirst, Co-class 
Correspondent, 502 East 79th 
Street, #5D, New York, NY 10021 

Keith Berman works for the 
public relations firm, Agnew 
Carter/MS&L, located in 
downtown Boston. Erin Boswell 

Eiin Boswell 

served as a "loaned employee" to 
the United Way of Massachusetts 
Bay, where she dedicated her time 
to making phone calls, giving 
presentations, and managing 
fundraising accounts — all to 
improve the lives of children and 
families in eastern 
Massachusetts. Prior to her 
volunteer position with the 
United Way, Erin was a teacher's 
assistant at the College de la 
Vallee in Avon, France. Sara Fain 
is living in the Galapagos Islands 
of Ecuador, working for the 
Charles Darwin Research Station, 

a nonprofit environmental 
organization lor the conservation 
of the Galapagos archipelago, as 
an international environmental 
volunteer. Jennifer Gruda is a 
second-year law student at 
Georgetown University Law 
Center and has been selected as a 
notes and comments primary 
editor for the Georgetown Law 
lournal. She has accepted a 
position as a summer associate 
with Crowell & Moring LLP in 
Washington, D.C. 


David Nurenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 282 Willis 
Avenue, Medford, MA 02115 

Maricruz R. Aguayo is enrolled at 
Harvard University, pursuing a 
Ph D, in historv Yehudah 
Buchweitz is living on 
Manhattan's Upper West Side and 
attending Fordham University 
School of Law. Chi "Teddy" 
Cheung has returned to Brandeis 
to pursue a Ph.D. in physics. 
Heather Cohen is pursuing a 
theatrical career in Lcmdon. Eve 
Crevoshay lives in Brookline and 
works for the Children's Museum. 
Vanya Green completed an 
intensive five-week training 
program for Teach for America in 
Houston, TX. She teaches in a 
bilingual elementary school in 
San Francisco, CA. Jonathan 
Heafitz resides in Washington, 
DC, where he is legislative 
correspondent for Senator John D. 
Rockefeller IV (D-WV| for 
healthcare and labor issues. 
Thomas Hessel is attending 
Southwest Missouri State 
University in Springfield, MO, for 
,1 M.S. degree in defense and 
strategic studies. Beth Kaplan is 
at the Albert Einstein College of 
Medicine in New York. Lee 
Korland is pursuing a joint I.D./ 
MBA. at Case Western Reserve 
University in Cleveland, OH. 
Courtney Kurlanska joined the 
Peace Corps and is working with 
farmers in Nicaragua. Elana Levy 
works for the New York City 
Department of Parks and 
Recreation. A. David Lewis 
returned to Brandeis to speak 
about careers in the field of 
advertising at the Hiatt Career 
Center's Ask the Expert series in 
November 1999. Jennifer Lipman 
presented grand rounds as a 
second-year medical student at 
the University of Vermont and is 
doing rotations at Maine Medical 
Center in Portland. Data Meltzer 
is at the Massachusetts College of 
Pharmacy and lives in AUston, 

MA Julie Oberhand is living in 
Florida Jeffrey S. Pollack will 
begin law school this fall at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 
Rachel Poretsky was living in the 
Florida Keys, working as a 
research assistant for the Florida 
Marine Research Institute- 
Department of Environmental 
Protection, SCUBA diving, and 
snorkeling for conch and spiky 
lobster. In October 1999, she left 
for a fellowship in molecular 
ecology at Hebrew University in 
Israel. When Democratic hopeful 
Bill Bradley came to Tufts 
University in November 1999, 
David Nurenberg asked a 
question that was part of the 3.5- 
minute clip that National Public 
Radio took from the dialogue for 
All Things Considered. Seth 
Shapiro is a computer consultant 
for WinMill Software in New 
York City. Mark J. Shinners is in 
the financial advisor/training 
program at Morgan Stanley Dean 
Witter in Portland, ME. Michael 
Siegel is teaching third grade in 
the Oakland, CA, public schools, 
working for Teach for America. 
Rhiannon Thompson is campaign 
coordinator for the Massachusetts 
Chapter of the Leukemia and 
Lymphoma Society of America. 
She has joined the third most 
successful chapter in the country 
and will be directly coordinating 
nationwide campaigns. Chava 
Zibman is living and working in 
Washington, D.C, since luly 
1999, She is a research assistant 
at the Urban Institute, an 
economic and social policy think 

61 Spring 2000 


Ruth lirandvvein |Ph D. '7S, 
Heller) published a book, Buttered 
Women, Children and Welfare 
Reform: The Ties That Bind, by 
Sage in Thousand Oaks, CA. She 
is a member of the National 
Advisory Council on Violence 
Against Women, cochaired by the 
Secretary o( Human and Health 
Services Donna Shalala and 
Attorney General lanet Reno. She 
also serves as president ot the 
National Association of Social 
Workers in New York State. After 
14 years in Hartford, CT, serving 
the past seven years as executive 
director of the Jewish Federation 
of Greater Hartford, Cindy 
Chazan (M.A. '74, Jewish 
Communal Service) joined the 
staff of the Wexner Foundation. 
She has created an office of the 
Columbus-based foundation in 
New York City and lives in New 
Jersey with her family. Fernando 
Galan (Ph.D. '78, Heller) works 
for the UTEP International Border 
Youth Development Project. 
Hillel Goldberg |M A. '72, NEJS, 
Ph.D. '78, NEJS) published the 
lead essay in Rocky Mountain 
News Sunday commentary 
section on September 26, 1999, 
"Will Genesis and Evolution 
Merge? Scientific Record Seems 
to Point to an Evolutionary 
Process that Reflects Design." He 
also published an essay on the 
Columbine High School massacre 
in Colorado in the Rocky 
Mountain News, "We Are All 
Survivors," on IVlay 3, 1999. Lynn 
Hazan (M.J.C. '80)'started her 
own company, Lynn Hazan ik 
Associates, Inc., in Chicago. It is 
an executive search and 
consulting company specializing 
in communications, marketing, 
and cimsulting. Richard E. 
Isralowitz (Ph.D. '78, Heller) 
director of the Israel Regional 
Alcohol and Drug Abuse 
Resources (RADAR) Center at 
Ben Gurion University, with his 
Palestinian counterparts from the 
West Bank and Gaza, presented 
their coordinated efforts to 
prevent substance abuse in the 
Middle East at the National 
Institute on Drug Abuse 
sponsored International RADAR 
Center meeting in Irvine, CA, in 
May 1999. His book,Transilions: 
Russian, Ethiopian and Bedouin 
People of Israel's Negev Desert, 

has been recently published, 
Richard has been appointed editor 
of the Netherlands-Israel Social 
Research Program (NIRP) 
publication series. Renee Levine 
Melammed (MA. '78, 
Contemporary lewish Studies, 
Ph.D. '8,3, NEJS) published 
Heretics or Daughters of Israel: 
The Crypto-fewish Women of 
Castile (Oxford University Press). 
She is in Jerusalem at the 
Schecter Institute of Jewish 
Studies Robbie Pfeufer Kahn '63 
(M.A. '83, Sociology, Ph.D. '88, 
Sociology), published an article, 
"The Culture of the Just Born," m 
the January/February 2000 issue 
of Tikkun magazine. She is an 
associate professor of sociology at 
the University of Vermont. 
Howard Pomerantz (Ph D '79, 
Classical and Oriental Studies) 
was appointed vice president of 
engineering at Informative, Inc., 
the leading application service 
provider of Web-based, real-time 
information solutions of San 
Francisco. Howard )Oins 
Informative from TIBCO 
Software, Inc. where he served as 
senior manager and architect. 
Larry Reese (M.F.A. '78) is a film 
director, producer, writer, actor, 
and instructor in Canada. He has 
appeared in feature films, 
television series, and specials. 
Larry is an instructor in theater 
studies at Red Deer College and 
at the Motion Pictures Arts 
Program of Alberta, Canada. He is 
married with two children. Louis 
Riceberg '68 (M.A. '73, 
Biochemistry, Ph.D. '79, 
Biochemistry), was appointed 
senior vice president of strategic 
development at SafeSeience, Inc., 
a company that addresses the 
problem of human health and 
chemical safety, with 
pharmaceutical, agricultural, and 
consumer products that are 
efficacious and chemically safe. 
Bev Sauer (Ph.D. '78, English and 
American Literature) is associate 
professor of English and rhetoric 
at Carnegie Mellon University in 
the Department of English, where 
she teaches rhetoric of science, 
rhetoric of public policy, and 
classical rhetoric. She recently 
traveled to South Africa where 
she studied the rhetorical 
problems of translating 
instructional materials about risk 
in the South African coal mines. 
She finished a book on U.S. and 
British coal mine safety. The 
Rhetoric of Risk. She has two 
daughters. Paul Silverman (MA. 
'64, History of Ideas) was named 
founding creative officer at 

Mullen Advertising, in Wenham, 
MA. Neil Stahl (Ph.D. '86, 
Biochemistry) has been promoted 
to vice president of preclinical 
development and biomolecular 
science at Regereron 
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in New 
York, Lucy Y. Steinitz (M,A, '74, 
Contemporary Jewish Studies) 
builds and manages an AIDS 
prevention and care project for 
the National Catholic Church of 
Namibia in Southwest Africa, She 
IS also an officer of the one and 
only synagogue in the country, 
Daryl A. Stone (M.FA, '96, 
Theater Arts) recently designed 
costumes for the off-Broadway 
play, Nighthawks, which 
appeared in February and March 
2000, written by Lynn Rosen '92 
and directed bv Miriam Weiner 


On April 25, 1999, Susan Levine 
Gold '57 died after two years 
battling ALS. Susan worked with 
children with learning disabilities 
in Tenafly, N|, and leaves three 
children Gerald Kaplan '61 died 
tragically on February 9, 2000, in 
a Chestnut Hill, MA, office tire 
where his accounting firm was 
based. Charlotte Katz Shaffer '70 
passed away on July 7, 1998. She 
was the owner of Shady Springs 
Kennel and Camp for Dogs in 
Woodbine, N) Michael McDowell 
[Ph.D. '7S1, author ot a score of 
horror novels and such classic 
offbeat motion pictures as 
Beetlejuice and The Nightmare 
Before Christmas, died on 
December 27, 1999. His 
companion of 30 years, his sister, 
and his brother survive him. 
Sheila (Elliott) Okstein '62, an 
expert in the tield of special 
education, died on November 22, 

1999. Two sons, a daughter, and a 
brother survive her. Cynthia Oti 
'78 died in the crash of an 
Alaskan Airlines flight over the 
Pacific Ocean on )anuary 31, 

2000. Reverend Charles Toomey 
(M.A. '68) died on November 29, 

62 Brandeis Review 


Class Name 












Brad Bederman to Olga Kouriliouk December 15, 1998 

Russell Levitt to Zhexiang "Sherry" Li November 20, 1999 

Michael Goldman to Bari Berger [une 27, 1999 

Stuart M. Rose to laii Ztickerman November 7, 1999 

Debi HesscI to Larry Roher October 21, 1999 

Marjurie facob!>on to loel Treisman September 1, 1996 

Elizabeth Arnold to Malcolm Turk June 27, 1999 

Rich Klein to Heather Epstein November 9, 1997 

Jodi Cohen to lonathan Haas December 18, 1999 

Michelle Doses to Hams Bernstein November 20, 1999 

Michael Gteenstein to Cheryl Fattman October 3, 1998 

Dan lacobs to Cmdy Soffar [une 12, 1994 

Eve E. Miller to Robert A. Lefkowitz fuly 11, 1999 

Nancy Sender to Kevin S. Linden September 6, 1998 

Staci Bockstein to Steven Frankowitz August 8, 1999 

Hillel Cooperman to Debra Weissman August 29, 1999 

Debbie Dashoff to lohn O'Brien August 31, 1997 

Ann McWillianis to Wayne Worthington October 25, 1997 

Suzanne Braun to |ason L. Jurkevich August 29, 1999 

Jacob Glazer to Dalia Haber January 29, 2000 

Debra Mandel to Ezra lohnson luly 3, 1999 

Adina Tartak to Michael Pitt '91 August 29, 1998 

Inci Tonguch to Britton Murray July 10, 1999 

Nancy Berley to Scott Dworman August 1, 1999 

Catherine Decter to Edward Sim October 30, 1999 

Michael Kalin to Aviva Orenstein May 24, 1999 

Irene ). Laible to loseph A. Lansang August 22, 1998 

Rebecca L. Zuckerman to August 22, 1999 
Michael R. Liebcr 

Brad Akers to Adriana Garcia February 27, 2000 

Heather Kamen to Marc Katzin December 5, 1999 

Alexander Neniiroff to EUsa A, Levine October 24, 1999 

Hannah Sacks to Mark Bookbinder '96 August 22, 1999 

Eda Begelman to David Creenbaum November 21, 1999 
Courtney B. Johnston to Daniel B. Stux '98 October 31, 1999 

Shalini Madan to Craig Benson July 3, 1999 
Denice Saakakeeny to Gamal Azmi Smith March 6, 1999 

Leah Levitz to Eitan Fishbane '97 October 24, 1999 

Hannah M. Kaplan to Tarek O. Tabbara January 22, 2000 

Rachel Reiner to Eric Parness '98 November 6, 1999 

Sara Beth Radwin to Ely Levine August 1, 1999 

Julie Frank, M.A. '99 to Craig Marcus May 30, 1999 

Births and Adoptions 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 



Stuart Aatonson 



Warren Hyams 

Sara Nicole 
Hannah Rachel 

Harvey Seiftcr 

Joanna Rose 


Judith Powsner 

Elida Beth 


Ann Bolts Bromberg 

Tzvi Hersh 

Deborah L. Cohen 

Jonathan Arthur 

Marc D. Draisen 

Katherine Talia 

Lee B. Gordon 

Samuel Baker 


Debra Kattler 



Steven Abramoff 


David Allon 

Zachary Abraham 

Deborah Lcvitin Markowitz 

Liora Miriam 


Arthur Bodek 

Jeffrey Emanuel 

Judy Finesilver Montel 

Shulamit Nechama 

Lauri Medwin Fine 

Madelyn Devorah 

Douglas Monasebian 

Liza Diana 

Rebecca Robbins McLane 

Jeremy Samuel 
Zachary Louis 


Iris Alkalay Appel 

Isaac Jeremy Israel 
Ari Samuel 

Marjorie Jacobson Treisman 



Renana Miller Abrams and 

Gabrielle Liora 

Michael Abrams '88 
Gregory Pavin 
Jodi Shendell Kaye 

1987 Paul Eisenberg and 
Toby Boshak '88 

Alyssa McCulloch Feiges and 
Adam Feiges 
Laurie Meyers Goldberg 
Robyn Zelcowicz Rapaport 

1988 Sheryl Bregman 
Carrie Finch-Goldstein 
Marsha Fried-Bainnson 

Melissa Glicknian Mellman 

Cheryl Goren Robins 

Dan Jacobs 

Naomi Lax Katz 

Lisa Morse Oren 

Daniel Nestel 

Eric PoHiisky 

Bob Rikeman Jr. 

Robyn Rosenau Spirer and 

Lee Spirer 

Andres Rubinstein 

1989 Jill Birnbauin Orlich and 
Todd Orlich 

Sheri Keller Katz 
Bronte Ward Abraham 

February 19, 1999 
December!, 1999 
May 24, 1998 
May 2, 1998 
January 26, 1999 
September 26, 1999 
September 14, 1999 
February 1, 1999 
July 28, 1998 
October 30, 1998 
August 10, 1999 
January 10, 2000 
October 29, 1999 
September 20, 1999 
December 21, 1999 
August 7, 1999 
October 7, 1999 
January 30, 1999 
April 25, 1996 
January 29, 1999 
May 19, 1995 
November 15, 1999 
May 30, 1997 
November 21, 1999 

Sophia November 18, 1999 

Allison Ruth Frances June 7, 1999 
LibbyRose September 9, 1999 

Duncan McLeod February IS, 1998 

Spencer Parker 
Tyler Marc 
Ethan Charles 
Naomi Bette 
Alexis Nicole 
Joshua Adam 
Matthew Parker 
Kimberly Jo 
Sophie Anna 
Dahlia Sarah 
Jessica Iris 
Emily Saige 
Alexander Marc 
Savannah Brinkley 
Jake Samuel 
Max Gabriel 
Noah Harrison 
Daniel Gregory 

Adam Ross 
Micah Aaron 

October 13, 1999 
July 18, 1999 
October 27, 1999 
November 29, 1998 
January 21, 1999 
October 9, 1996 
October 23, 1998 
August 6, 1999 
May 12, 1998 
May 5, 1999 
September 30, 1999 
September 25, 1998 
November 13, 1998 
July 9, 1999 
October 30, 1996 
June 30, 1999 
December 29, 1999 
July 10, 1999 

May 24, 1999 
August 31, 1999 

63 Sj-iring 2000 

Births and Adoptions 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 








Judy Cashman Magram 

Scott Cohen 

Helen Davidofff Tanchel and 

Mark Tanchel 

Marc Meisler 

Michelle Mellon-Werch 

Barbie Scharf-Zeldes 

Marni Smith Katz and 

Stuart Katz '89 

Michelle Delin Salinas 

Melissa D. Feldman Shalit and 

Dean Shalit '90 

Melissa Genson Rosenblum 

Galit (Gaye) Haim (Jacob) 

Sheryl Kramer Murawsky and 

(eff Murawsky '90 

Devra Resnick Shutan 

Shira Linker Berger and 
Garry A. Berger '91 
Julie Cardonick Rosen and 
Daniel Rosen '91 
Stephanie Miller Hofman 
Tami Nelson Dowling 

Ellen Rappaport Tanowitz and 

Charles Tanowitz 

Priscilla Bradford Glucksman 

and Richard Glucksman '90 

Daniel Hort 

Jeanmarie Mayo Avola 

Joshua Savitz 

Deborah Waller Meyers 

Sara Bank-Wolf 

Sonya Smith Solomon and 

Moshie Solomon 

Judith Yael Bernstein, 

M.A. '94, Ph.D. '99 

Shira Isabel 
Sophie Ahava 
Olivia Sophie 

Mordecai Zev 
David Hayden 
Zachary Oren 

Emma Lucia 
Logan Grahm 



Seth Herschel 

Hannah Elaine 

Noah loel 

EUory Blu 


Talia Ruby 

Lily Nicole 
Carson Margaret 
Kennedy [udith 
Devon Conley 
Alexander Meyer 

Hannah Pearl 


Marielle Olivia 
Ariella Zoe 
Amanda Rose 
Amichai Aharon 
Aryeh Lev 

Daniel Eric 

December 1, 1999 
August 22, 1999 
Novembers, 1999 

May 6, 1999 
April 19, 1999 
October 19, 1999 
November 12, 1999 

December 17, 1999 
January 27, 2000 

October 16, 1999 
November 29, 1999 
luly 2, 1999 

February 21, 2000 

April 5, 1999 

September 19, 1999 

September 9, 1999 
Aprils, 1999 
June 19, 1997 
March 22, 1995 
March 26, 1999 

January 25, 2000 

October 9, 1999 
January 1, 2000 
November 14, 1999 
December 21, 1999 
June 30, 1999 
October 7, 1999 

December 7, 1999 


"Mv dad couldn't make it hut he asked me to ham/ out his resume to the other dads. " 

©1999 Man- TVler Nobleman '94 

64 Brandeis Review 

Gus '52 and Rachel '56 Ranis 

As graduates of two of our earliest 
classes, Gus '52 and Rachel '56 
Ranis have been among our most 
loyal Brandeisians. Although they 
encountered each other only once 
in passing on campus, they 
subsequently met at a Brandeis 
alumni party. It could truly be said 
that their shared love of Brandeis 
drew them together. 

Gus and Rachel speak about their 
respective Brandeis experiences 
with enormous enthusiasm. Even 
now, over 40 years later, they 
appreciate and cherish the 
opportunities for powerful, 
transforming interaction on a 
direct, personal level with the 
intellectual giants who comprised 
the early Brandeis faculty. Among 
the many great teachers who 
touched their lives, they single out 
Leonard Bernstein, Eleanor 
Roosevelt, Milton Hindus, Lewis 
Coser, C. Wright Mills, Bernard 
Mishkin, Svend Laursen, Maurice 
Stein, and Irving Howe. 

In 1948, Gus optimistically 
enrolled in a newly created 
Brandeis University. Along with 
the other 107 pioneering members 
of that first class, Gus felt that the 
University represented the Jewish 
community's contribution to the 
general society. Recognized by his 
fellow alums as a class leader, Gus 
was Brandeis's first valedictorian, 
first member elected to Phi Beta 
Kappa when the chapter was 
subsequently formed, and the first 
alumnus elected to the Board of 

Rachel Finkelstein Ranis came to 
Brandeis from the small town of 
Hudson, New York, and was 
delighted to find a superb faculty 
and an atmosphere of great respect 
for ideas and learning. She 
emphasized how willing the 
professors were to mentor 
motivated students without any 
consideration of gender. In this 
area, she felt that Brandeis faculty 
members were ahead of the times. 
One of the first alumnae elected to 
Phi Beta Kappa, Rachel was 
graduated magna cum laude in 
sociology and went on to earn a 
master's degree from Yale 
University. Currently, Rachel is 
professor of sociology and director 

of the Freshman Honors Program 
at Quinnipiac University; Gus is 
the Frank Altschul Professor of 
International Economics at Yale 
and the Director of the Yale 
Center for International and Area 

Gus and Rachel believe deeply in 
the importance of social justice, 
one of the four pillars on which 
Brandeis was founded. They want 
to encourage current and future 
students to think of others, to give 
back to Brandeis, and to the 
greater community as well. Both 
feel indebted to their alma mater 
intellectually, emotionally and 
financially. On the occasion of her 
40th reunion, Rachel commented, 
'To this day, I find that I draw on 
my Brandeis education daily and 
consider myself most fortunate to 
have been drawn to Brandeis in my 

As an undergraduate, Gus received 
a scholarship established by the 
Max and Harriet Chernis family. 
In turn, he and Rachel give 
generously to the Brandeis Alumni 
Annual Fund, and they have also 
established several life income 
gifts. These include a charitable 
remainder trust and two 
significant lead trusts. Through 
these gifts, Gus and Rachel hope 
to "pass the torch" along to 
current and future Brandeis 

Rachel and Gus Ranis chose lead 
trusts because such a planned gift 
reduces estate taxes and can also 
protect the value of capital assets 
for heirs. A charitable remainder 
trust can provide income, together 
with substantial gift and estate tax 
benefits. While turning low 
yielding assets into a higher-level 
income stream, a charitable 
remainder trust offers significant 
capital gains tax benefits. Through 
these gifts, the Ranises are 
members of the Sachar Legacy 



Brandeis can also help you with 
your estate plans. For further 
information on planned 
giving opportunities at Brandeis 
or to learn more about the Sachar 
Legacy Society, please call the 
Office of Development 
and Alumni Relations at 
800-333-1948, extension 64135. 

Did you know... 

that a Brandeis alumnus 

and a current 

undergraduate student 

have each appeared on that the Brandeis 

Jeopardy (the undergrad women's cross country 

twice), and that a current team were the 1999-2000 

Brandeis graduate UAA champions? 

student and 

undergraduate have each 

appeared on Who Wants 

to Be a Millionaire'? 

that the Brandeis 
fencing team finished 
13th at the national, all- 
division, NCAA 
Championships held 
recently at Stanford, 
making them the top 
Division III team in the 

that for the first time, the 

Brandeis women's 
volleyball team earned 
an invitation to compete 
in the ECAC tournament 
this year? 

that of only six Charles 
Ives Scholarship 
winners in the country 
this year, two were 
music doctoral 
candidates at Brandeis? 
The honor is awarded to 
"composition students of 
great promise" by the 
Academy of Arts and 

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(even unto its innermost parts). 

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Each spring, as part of the Reunion 
program, some class-years gather 
for the specific purpose of sharing 
their thoughts, experiences, and 
commitment to social activism, 
one of the pillars and hallmarks of 
Brandeis University. Their 
members inevitably find that the 
critical mass of energy generated 
at these gatherings sends each of 
them off rejuvenated, strengthened 
in resolve, replenished in spirit, 
and eager to sustain the good fight 
on whatever scale their battles are 

In one such session this past 
spring, members of the Class of 
1970 met with Associate Professor 
of English and Interdisciplinary 
Humanities Karen Klein to discuss 
how Brandeis alumni of all classes 
can magnify that energizing aspect 
of Reunion by sharing their 
activities through a more regular 
network, perhaps with the help of 
the Brandeis Review, thus 
reinforcing each other's efforts, 
encouraging others, and justifying 
the University's renown as a 
socially activist institution. 

Alumni involved in "feature- 
story" activism have frequently 
been profiled in the pages of the 
Brandeis Review, and readers have 

responded especially favorably to 
those articles. But the Reunion 
session with Karen Klem resulted 
in the reminder that the majority 
of active Brandeis alumni — of 
whom there are boastable 
numbers, befitting our 
reputation — do their work on a 
smaller, more local stage. A letter 
campaign to rid a New Hampshire 
school district of an odious 
superintendent; the formation of 
national networks to battle coal 
dust and other environmental 
problems; hometown actions on 
behalf of the homeless in 
numerous communities: those 
kinds of individual efforts, while 
valuable and heroic, often lack the 
drama demanded for major media 
coverage, but their sheer ubiquity 
surely does enrich and elevate us 

The lifelong commitment to that 
type of activism has been instilled 
in alumni through the values 
Brandeis continues to provide its 
students. Some are offered on a 
regular, formal basis, such as the 
Environmental Studies internships 
and the Ethics and Coexistence 
Student Fellowships; others occur 
on the student clubs level, such as 
the Waltham Group and Students 
for a Free Tibet; and, as always, 
some come about on an ad hoc 
basis, around issues such as gun 
control and human rights. 

A suggestion has been proposed 
that wc create a regular 
department in the Review for just 
this purpose, a section called, for 
instance, "Making a Difference," 
in which we report briefly on 
small-scale, grassroots endeavors 
among our alumni throughout the 
country. That would be a 
worthwhile addition to the 
magazine. Critical, however, is 
participation. To fulfill its 
mission, such a department must 
be sustained by a steady stream of 
brief reports from alumni willing 
and eager to relate their activities 
in a somewhat expanded and 
specialized version of "Class 

I seek your suggestions on how 
best to accommodate such a 
section in this magazine, and I 
look forward to your comments, 
ideas, and news at or by 
regular mail to the address below. 


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Class Notes 


he Academy 

Hiatt Career Center Goes 
Online to Connect 
Students and Alumni 

You are a Brandeis student, 
sitting in your dorm room 
at 2:00 am, unable to sleep. 
Graduation looms. Four 
unforgettable years are 
tumbling at breakneck 
speed towards a bittersweet 
end, and nagging anxieties 
won't let up: How do I 
make my liberal arts degree 
work for me? How do I go 
from an English major to 
working in publishing — or 
virtually any field: How do 
I make a successful 
transition from college to 
work: You turn on your 
computer, go to the Hiatt 
Career Center Web site, and 
type in your password. And 
there is a unique 
opportunity to take action. 

Through the new Hiatt 
Alumni Mentor Network, 
you can contact alumni 
who will give informational 
interviews, invite you to 
spend a "shadow" day with 
them in the workplace to, 
gain a unique insight, or 
talk about their experiences 
on the job. And networking? 
If they are impressed by 
you, who knows whom they 
might know? 

Described by Meryl Glatt- 
Rader, director of the Hiatt 
Career Center, a new 
system is imminent that 
will streamline the way in 
which Brandeis alumni and 
students connect. Now — in 

addition to a major office 
renovation with interview 
rooms, new carpeting, 
furniture, and computers to 
improve services for 
students — a new system 
will provide access to 
alumni contacts through 
the Web. Alumni and 
students will be able to look 
at the menu and have an 
option to join or to access 
the alumni mentor 

The system also has a 
recruiting facet. "We have 
selected eRecruiting as the 
Web-based system we 
utilize to provide a state-of- 
the-art recruiting program 
for Brandeis students. They 
can find out which 
employers are coming to 
campus and sign up for 
interviews. "We plan to 
hold more recruiting events 
for students and invite 
alumni to get their 
organizations involved," 
says Glatt-Rader. "Students 
can send a resume and cover 
letter electronically 
anytime, not restricted by 
office hours," she explains, 
emphasizing that "the nice 
thing about eRecruiting is 
that it is a product that also 
provides an alumni 

Alumni are invited to join 
this new alumni mentor 
network. If you are 
considering joining, note 
that you will be able to 
manage your mentoring 
activities. You can 
designate when you would 
like to be contacted and 

how often. Let's say you 
have a particularly busy 
time of year. As your 
schedule fluctuates, so 
could the number of 
contacts permitted. 

"Students are not given 
access to an unlimited 
number of contacts. That's 
often, in my experience, not 
as helpful. Many students 
are not sure what to do with 
a huge amount of 
information," explains 

Students as well as alumni 
can search for contacts by 
industry — accounting, 
advertising, architecture, art 
administration, banking, 
television, writing — "you 
name it, it's there," says 
Glatt-Rader. "You can 
search by state or by 
country. People also can list 
their status — perhaps they 
are in graduate school, for 
example. Suppose you are 
accepted into two different 
law schools, and you are not 
sure which to attend. 
Wouldn't it be nice to speak 
with alumni who are 
attending those law schools, 
who could give you the 
inside perspective? That is 
an option using this 
system," she explains. 

You can also search by 
graduation date or by major. 
Additionally, there are a 
number of special interest 

groups that are set up. For 
example, if you are a 
student athlete who would 
like to talk to a former 
athlete and hear what he 
or she is doing, you can. If 
you are someone who is a 
Brandeis student leader 
and you want to talk to 
similar graduates, you can. 
Categories vary and 
include diversity issues, 
gay/lesbian issues. 
Transitional Year Program, 
women's issues, work/life 
balance, and work/study 

In contrast, the old alumni 
network is a paper-based 
system (still in use) that in 
many cases is not sorted 
by industry. Students and 
alumni currently call the 
Hiatt Center and request 
contacts in, for example, 
finance in New York, or 
television in California. 
Hiatt staff order printouts 
that come back in a week 
to 10 days. Then envelopes 
are addressed and contacts 
are mailed to alumni. 

Clearly delighted with the 
power of the new system, 
Glatt-Rader is eager to 
expand the alumni 
database, noting that the 
system will be up and 
running when some 1,000 
alumni records are online. 
She adds that, "The nice 
thing about this network 
IS that it will quickly 
facilitate meaningful 
connections between 
Students and alumni." 

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Join the New Hiatt Alumni 
Career Mentor Network 

If you are interested in 
becoming a career contact 
send an e-mail to 
Simply include your first 
name, middle initial, and 
last name as you would like 
it to appear in the network, 
as well as your class year. 
Hiatt staff will then send 
you a username and 
password and instructions 
on how to input your 
Information into our online 
database. This process will 
take only a few minutes and 
will allow you to update 
your alumni profile as 
information changes. 

If you have additional 
questions, don't hesitate to 
contact Glatt-Rader via 
e-mail at 
or phone at 781-736-3610. 

Brandeis breaks ground for 
the Lois Foster Wing — 'This 
marks the most significant 
moment in the history of 
the Rose since the original 
dedication of the Museum 
in 1961. ' said Rose Director 
Joseph Ketner at the 
groundbreaking ceremonies 
of the new Lois Foster Wing 
on Aug. 16. Members of the 
Brandeis community. 
Wahham city officials, and 
patrons and friends of the 
Rose gathered to celebrate 
the 'commencement' of the 
construction of the wing, 
which will transform the 
Museum. The first to don 
hard hats and move the 
earth were Architect 
Graham Gund. Ketner, 
Donors Henry and Lois 
Foster. President fehuda 
Reinharz. and Waltham 
Mayor David Gately. 

Heller Graduate School 
to Host Information 
Sessions on Master's 
Program in Health and 
Human Services 
Management and Ph.D. 
in Social Policy 

Hiatt Credential Service 

Many students and 
alumni find it useful to 
maintain a file of letters of 
recommendation. These 
letters are most often used 
in applying to graduate/ 
professional schools, or to 
prospective employers. The 
Hiatt Career Center serves 

The Heller Graduate School 
at Brandeis University is 
hosting a series of 
information sessions this 
fall for those interested in 
learning more about their 
Master's Program in Health 
and Human Services 
Management or their Ph.D. 
in Social Policy. Heller's 
Master of Management and 
M.B.A. Programs combine 
cutting-edge management 
training with social policy 
analysis to equip students 
with the skills to succeed in 
the health and human 
services and nonprofit 

sectors. The Ph.D. Program 
is an interdisciplinary 
program designed to educate 
students for careers in 
research, teaching, social 
planning, administration, 
and policy analysis. 

Master's Information 
Sessions will be held on 
November 7 and December 

6. Ph.D. Information 
Sessions will be held on 
November 8 and December 

7. All sessions will begin at 
6:00 pm in The Heller 
School Lounge. For more 
information or to RSVP 
please contact Rebecca 
Pearlsteinat 781-736-3820 

merely as a custodian 
for reference letters. 
Questions regarding the 
content of letters should 
be addressed directly to the 

The Hiatt Career Center 
will maintain files of 
references for a period of 10 
years. Beyond that point, 
employers and admissions 
officers simply do not find 
these letters useful in their 

As of December 1, we will 
no longer maintain 
credentials that were 
written prior to 1990. Please 
notify us in writing prior to 
November 15 if you need to 
maintain a credential file 
written prior to 1990 due to 
unusual circumstances. 

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acuity and Staff 

New Position Will Bridge 
Heller School, Ethics 

HHMI Names Fourth 
Investigator at Brandeis; 
Pick Called "Great 

A fourth member of the 
Brandeis science 
community has been 
selected as a Howard 
Hughes Medical Institute 
(HHMI) investigator — a 
move one administrator 
called "a great distinction" 
for the University. 

"It's a sign of a world-class 
institution," said Brandeis 
Associate Provost Arthur 
Reis, Ir. 

The newest HHMI 
investigator is Nikolaus 
Grigorieff, the W.M. Keck 
Assistant Professor of 
Biochemistry and 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Sciences Research Center, 
who specializes in 
semiconducting materials 
and devices and electron 

According to HHMI 
President Thomas R. Cech, 
Grigorieff was one of 48 
scientists from 31 
institutions chosen in a 
national competiticm as 
assistant investigators or in 
the emerging field of 
computational biology. 

"These new investigators are 
an incredibly talented group 
who have begun to make 
their mark on biomedical 
research," Cech said. 

HHMI IS a medical research 
organization that enters 
into long-term research 
collaboration agreements 
with universities and other 
academic research 
organizations, where its 

investigators hold faculty 
appointments. HHMI said it 
expects to spend between 
$500,000 and $ I million 
annually for each of its new 
investigators, including 
support to the host 
institutions for graduate 
training, library resources, 
and other needs. 

Grigorieff joins researchers 
Professor of Biochemistry 
Christopher Miller, 
Associate Professor of 
Biochemistry Melissa 
Moore, and Professor of 
Biology and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems Michael Rosbash 
as HHMI investigators at 

Nikolaus Grigorieff 

April Powell- Willingham 
has been named the director 
of combined programs in 
ethics, inclusion, and social 
justice at The Heller 
Graduate School and the 
International Center for 
Ethics, Justice and Public 

In this new position, Powell- 
Willingham will be 
responsible for developing 
and implementing 
collaborative programs on 
multiculturalism, social 
inclusion, law, sustainable 
international development, 
and public engagement. An 
important component of this 
position is the development 
of new initiatives that link 
The Heller School with the 
Ethics Center and other 
aspects of undergraduate 
work and life at Brandeis. 

For the past two years, 
Powell-Willingham has been 
special assistant to the dean 
of The Heller School. She 
earned her (.D. and M.A. 
degrees in urban planning 
(international development) 
from the University of 
California, Los Angeles. Her 
background includes 
experience as a civil rights 
appellate attorney in 
California as well as work 
on diversity, 
multiculturalism, and 
welfare law and policy in the 
United States. 

'Ms. Powell-Willingham's 
experience with issues of 
law and diversity will add 
new depth to the Ethics 
Center's humanities-based 
seminars for professionals," 
said Dan Terris, executive 
director of the International 
Center for Ethics, lustice 
and Public Life. Heller 
School Dean lack Shonkoff 
added, "We are particularly 
excited about the 
opportunity to develop joint 
programs that link the 
Ethics Center and The 
Heller School." 

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Recent Faculty 


and Tenure Awards 

Marc Brettler, ncwlv 
promoted to the rank ot tuU 
protessor, is a Biblical 
scholar who has a particular 
interest in the connection 
between Judaism and 
Biblical Israel. He has 
received support from the 
American Philosophical 
Society, the National 
Endowment for the 
Humanities, and a Sheva 
and Marver Bernstein 
Faculty Fellowship for his 
investigations into the 
practices of history writing 
in the Biblical period and its 
similarities to and 
differences from modern 

Brettler is the author of God 
Is King: Understanding an 
Israelite Metaphor and The 
Creation of History m 
Ancient Israel. He has 
received the University's 
Louis D. Brandeis Prize for 
Excellence in Teaching and 
the Michael L. Walzer '56 
Award for Excellence in 
Teaching. His courses 
include The Hebrew Bible, 
The Book of Amos, The 
Book of Deuteronomy, 
Women and the Bible, and 
Biblical Poetry: Love and 

Brettler advises maiors and 
graduate students and he 
was helpful m proposing the 
newly approved Program in 
Religious Studies. The 
Bureau of lewish Education 
recognized his outstanding 
contributions to Jewish 
education. A token of his 
pedagogical seriousness is 
his Hebrew grammar. 
Biblical Hebrew for 
Students of Modern 
Hebrew, to be published by 
Yale University Press. He 
received his B.A., magna 
cum laude, his M.A., with 
high distinction, and his 
Ph.D. from Brandeis 

The following members of 
the faculty have been 
promoted to associate 
professor with the award of 

Melissa Moore's research is 
directed toward 
understanding the 
molecular mechanisms of 
and interconnections 
between several RNA 
processing events. In the six 
years she has been at 
Brandeis, she has been 
named a Harcourt General 
New Investigator, Searle 
Scholar, the University's 
first Packard Fellow, and a 
Howard Hughes Medical 
Institute Assistant 

She teaches two core classes 
for the life sciences: the 
maior undergraduate 
biochemistry course for 
non-honors students and a 
molecular biology course for 
graduate students. Moore is 
a mentor for the Summer 
Odyssey Program and for 
the Howard Hughes 
Summer Fellows Program, 
president of the Brandeis 
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 
and was the principal 
investigator on a successful 
grant proposal that was 
responsible for bringing 
mass spectral facilities to 

Moore received her B.S. 
from the College of William 
and Mary and her Ph.D. 
from the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 

Ann Koloski-Ostrow, a 

classical archaeologist, was 
established as an expert in 
the architecture and decor 
of Roman baths and in the 
social history and 
archaeology of Pompeii 
with her book The Sarno 
Bath Complex. In press is 
her book, The Archaeology 
of Sanitation in Roman 
Italy: Water. Sewers, and 
Latrines, the first of its kind 
using the centrality of the 

Roman bath as a social 
institution to examine the 
concept of cleanliness and 
hygiene in an ancient city. 

She received the Louis D. 
Brandeis Prize for 
Excellence in Teaching and 
the American Philological 
Association National Award 
for Excellence in Teaching. 
Koloski-Ostrow has 
attracted many students to 
the study of antiquity in 
courses such as Roman 
Decadence: Survey of Latin 
Literature in Translation, 
The Art and Archaeology of 
Ancient Rome, and The Art 
and Archaeology of Ancient 

She has served on the 
University Curriculum 
Committee and the 
Provost's and Dean's 
Advisory Council and has 
also organized area 
professors to talk to high 
school teachers. Koloski- 
Ostrow received her B.A., 
cum laude, from Upsala 
College and her M.A. and 
Ph.D. from the University 
of Michigan. 

Michael Kahana, an 

experimentalist and a 
theorist, works on three 
interacting areas: memory 
research, memory aging, 
and neuroimaging. He is 
providing new perspectives 
on old problems and has 
been able to clarify issues 
relating to the nature of 
episodic memory: How do 
people distinguish different 
events that occurred at 
different times? He 
developed a method to 
analyze intercranial 
recordings from humans 
that has been described as a 
'landmark breakthrough" in 
the field of neuroscience. 
Brandeis has awarded him 
the Marver and Sheva 
Bernstein Faculty 

Michael Kahana 

He is the author of 
Foundations of Human 
Memory and serves on the 
editorial boards of two 
journals in his field. He is 
supported by grants from 
the National Institutes of 
Health, including a FIRST 
Award for young 

Among the courses Kahana 
teaches are Experimental 
Psychology, Statistics, and 
Human Memory. He has led 
the psychology department 
in putting his lectures and 
course materials on the 
Web. His service to the 
University includes serving 
on the Department of 
Psychology's Curriculum 
Committee, coordinating its 
colloquium series, and he is 
undergraduate advising head 
for neuroscience, a major 
responsibility. He received 
his B.A. and M.A. from Case 
Western Reserve University 
and his Ph.D. from the 
University of Toronto. 

Michael Randall is one of 

the leading scholars of 15th- 
and 16th-century French 
literature and culture. He is 
the author of Building 
Resemblance: Analogical 
Imagery in Early French 
Renaissance, a study of the 
court poets of Burgundy and 
France that restores 
meaning to and situates 

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their work in the complex 
transition from the Middle 
Ages to the early modern 
period. His manuscript, 
Cats and Rats: The 
Sovereign. The Individual, 
and the Community in the 
French Renaissance, 
contributes to the modern 
debate about individualism 
by investigating the 
relationship between the 
individual and the 
community in the 
Renaissance. Randall is 
praised for his clear writing, 
methodological innovation, 
and expertise in diverse 
areas. He was honored with 
Brandeis's Marver and 
Sheva Bernstein Faculty 

Randall joined the 
University faculty in 1994. 
He teaches courses in 
Renaissance and medieval 
literature, politics and 
literature, travel writing, 
and freshman humanities. 
In addition to departmental 
service such as 
undergraduate advisor and 
acting head of the French 
area, Randall has provided 
major University service 
such as Cluster convener, 
member of the Adjudication 
Committee and the 
Academic Standards 
Committee, and director of 
the Medieval Studies 

Randall was graduated from 
University with a B.A. and 
from Princeton University 
with a Ph.D. He has also 
studied at the University of 
Pans and the City 
University of New York. 

Ruibao Ren's work has had 
substantial impact on the 
fields of signal transduction 
and leukemia. As a post- 
doctoral fellow, Ren gained 
international recognition by 

demonstrating that a 
particular protein plays a 
central role in the 
interactions involved m 
oncogenesis, the onset of 
cancer. His research on 
leukemia provided 
scientists the opportunity 
to study the molecular 
pathogenesis of the disease, 
which had not been possible 
before. His research is 
supported by the Leukemia 
Society, the National 
Institutes of Health, and the 
American Cancer Society. 

Ren has developed two new 
courses. Interpretation of 
Genes, which involves 
computer-based methods to 
analyze DNA and protein 
sequences, and Cancer, 
which attracts large 
enrollments. He is a 
member of the Committee 
for the Protection of Human 
Subjects and the 
Undergraduate Research 
Committee, and is an active 
participant in the 
Roscnstiel Center. Ren, a 
member of the Brandeis 
faculty since 1994, was 
graduated from Beijing 
Medical University with an 
M.D. and M.M. and from 
Columbia University with a 

Liuba Shrira is an 

experimental computer 
scientist whose research 
interest is the design, 
implementation, and 
performance evaluation of 
reliable distributed systems, 
in particular, object storage 
systems and long-lived 
network services. Over the 
past 10 years, she has been 
responsible for the design 
and analysis of a number of 
highly regarded new 
systems mechanisms, 
named "Promises," "Lazy 
Replication," and 
"Opportunistic Log." Shrira 
has an international 
reputation and is regularly 
invited to speak at major 
meetings. Her work is 
original, important, and 
well known. 

Ruibao Ren 

Liuba Shrira 

Shrira offers an array of 
courses, including the new 
offerings of Computer 
Systems Structures and 
Organizations, Advanced 
Computer Systems, and 
Fundamentals of Computer 
Systems. She has served as 
department representative 
to the Science Library 
Committee and to the 
Science Council. She is a 
member of the 
Undergraduate Ethics 
Program. Shrira earned her 
B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. 
degrees from the Israel 
Institute of Technology. She 
joined the Brandeis faculty 
in 1997. 

6 Brandeis Revi 

Brandeis Neuroscientist 
Awarded "Genius Grant" 
By MacArthur 

Gina Turrigiano, associate 
professor of biology and the 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, whose 
groundbreaking research on 
the brain furthers our 
understanding of how 
complex networks of 
neurons respond to changing 
conditions, is one of 25 new 
MacArthur Fellows recently 
announced by the John D. 
and Catherine T. MacArthur 
Foundation. She will receive 

Turrigiano is the third 
Brandeis scholar in as many 
years to receive the so- 
called "genius" award. 
Jacqueline Jones, Truman 
Professor of American 
Civilization, and Bcrnadette 
Brooten, Myra and Robert 
Kraft and Jacob Hiatt 
Professor of Christian 
Studies, are previous 

"We are trying to understand 
the rules that determine 
how complicated networks 
of neurons become wired up 
during development, and 
how these same networks 
are altered when people 
learn something," says 
Turrigiano. Her research 
advances knowledge of 
normal brain processes, 
such as learning, and 
abnormal ones, such as 

Employing an array of 
research techniques, 
including cell culture, 
electrophysiology, and 
biophysical modeling, she 
has identified the 
mechanisms that individual 
neurons use to regulate 
their function. Turrigiano 
discovered that neurons can 
maintain their activity level 
within an optimal range 
even when the number and 
strength of the inputs they 
receive are constantly 

"Our brains have on the 
order of 10 billion neurons 
m them, and each neuron 
can make up to 100,000 
synaptic connections with 
other neurons. To make 
matters even more 
complicated, each and every 
one of those connections is 
plastic and can change in 
strength. Imagine if you had 
a car with that many 
moving parts — at any given 
time, one of those parts 
would be malfunctioning," 
Turrigiano explains. "So 
how does something as 
complicated as a brain keep 
itself in working order? 
What we have discovered is 
a set of mechanisms that 
allow neurons to constantly 

'tune' themselves up, so that 
all the individual parts of 
your brain can keep 
themselves working within 
some optimal range." 

Turrigiano's research has 
been published in a number 
of academic journals, 
including Nature, Science, 
and Neuron. She is a 
recipient of several 
fellowships and awards 
including the Whitehall 
Foundation Research 
Award, the National 
Institutes of Health |NIH) 

Career Development 
Award, the Sloan 
Foundation Fellowship, and 
the Gotthardt-Strage Award 
for Aspiring Young Science 

Turrigiano says she is "still 
contemplating the many 
exciting possibilities opened 
up by a MacArthur 
Foundation grant." 

"I'm very grateful to Brandeis 
University for all its 
support and to the 
anonymous nominators, 
referees, and committee 
members who participated 
in the selection process. I 
have been extremely lucky 
to have a number of 
wonderful collaborators 
here at Brandeis, including 
my husband, Sacha Nelson 
[associate professor of 
biology and the Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems], who 
helped me to develop many 
of these ideas, as well as 
many talented postdoctoral 
fellows, graduate students, 
and Brandeis undergraduates 
who have contributed to 
this work." 

Turrigiano earned her B.A. 
from Reed College and a 
Ph.D. from the IJmversity 
of California, San Diego. 
She has held postdoctoral 
fellowships at the 
University of California, 
San Diego and Brandeis 

Individuals cannot apply for 
MacArthur Fellowships. 
Instead, each year, the 
MacArthur Foundation 
invites more than 100 
people to serve as 
nominators, or "talent 
scouts," for the Fellows 
Program. Their nominations 
are evaluated by a separate 
selection committee, which 
also serves anonymously, 
and which makes its 
recommendations to the 
MacArthur Foundation's 
Board of Directors. Final 
approval for MacArthur 
Fellowships comes from the 
Board of Directors. While 
there are no quotas or 
limits, typically between 20 
and 40 Fellows are selected 
annually. Including this 
year's group, a total of 588 
Fellows, ranging in age from 
18 to 82, have been named 
since the program began in 

7 Brandeis Review 

Faculty Notes 

James J. Callahan, Jr. 

professor and director, 
Policy Center on Agmg, was 
nominated to receive the 
2000 Louis Lowy Award for 
distinguished contnhution 
to the field of aging. The 
award was presented at the 
annual meeting and spring 
conference, Family 
Caregivers+ Aging 
Network=Total Elder Care 
Building Partnerships in 
Caring, held at Bentley 
College, Waltham, in May. 

Carolyn Cohen 

professor of biology and 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Sciences Research Center, 
received the Elizabeth 
Roberts Cole Award from 
the Biophysical Society for 
her significant 
contributions to the 
understanding of the 
structural basis for the 
biological activity of 
proteins involved in 
motility. The award was 
presented to Cohen in New 
Orleans in February. 

Sylvia Barack Fishman 

associate professor of 
contemporary Jewry and 
American Jewish sociology 
and codirector of the 
Fladassah International 
Research Institute on 
Jewish Women, recently 
published Changing Minds: 
Feminism in Contemporary 
Orthodox Jewish Life, a 
research monograph 
sponsored by the American 
Jewish Committee. The 
Boston University lecture 
on her new book, Jewish 
Life and American Culture, 
(SUNY Press, 2000) [See 
"Books" on page 40. | was 
broadcast on WBUR in 
March. Fishman also 
delivered a paper on Jewish 
women writers at the 
Women's Studies 
Association Conference at 
Simmons College in lune. 

Lawrence H. Fuchs 

Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor of American 
Civilization and Politics, 
was the keynote speaker at 
the Conference on Dual 
Citizenship and Identity at 
Boston University where he 
spoke on citizenship, 
identity, and loyalty. His 
book, Hawaii I'oro: An 
Ethnic and Political 
History, was cited six times 
in a recent Supreme Court 
Decision, Rice v. Cayetano. 
The plaintiff and the Court 
of Hawaii stipulated that 
justices should read it. In 
print since I96I, it is 
considered the standard 
history of Hawaii from 
annexation on. Also, Fuchs 
is featured in the permanent 
exhibit on the history of 
immigration in 
Massachusetts, Dreams of 
Freedom, sponsored by the 
International Institute of 
Boston and located at One 
Milk Street. His book, 
Beycmd Patriarchy: Jewish 
Fathers and Families has 
been published by the 
Brandeis University Press. 

Ray Jackendoff 

professor of linguistics and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, was 
selected an American 
Association for the 
Advancement of Science 
(AAAS) Fellow from the 
section on Linguistics and 
Language Science at the 
Fellows Forum held during 
the AAAS Annual Meeting 
in Washington, D.C. 

Karen Klein 

associate professor of 
English and interdisciplinary 
humanities, had two solo 
exhibitions of her wood 
sculptures in the spring of 
2000. the intimate life of 
trees was shown at the Cape 
Cod Museum of Natural 
History, Brewster, 
Massachusetts, and at the 
Cast Iron Gallery in New 
York City. 

Janet Morrison 

artist-in-residence in 
theater arts, directed the 
New England area premiere 
of Diana Son's award- 
winning play Stop Kiss for 
the Nora Theatre Company. 
The production played at 
the Boston Playwrights 
Theatre in March. 

Vardit Ringvald 

lecturer with rank of 
assistant professor of 
Hebrew and director, 
Hebrew and Oriental 
Language Programs, 
delivered a paper. Beyond 
the Intermediate Level: 
Increasing Enrollment in 
Higher Level Courses, at the 
National Association of 
Professors of Hebrew 
meeting held at Spertus 
College, Chicago. Also, she 
was the keynote speaker at 
the Conference on 
Alternatives in Jewish 
Education, speaking on 
"The Importance of 
Integrating Modern Hebrew 
into Jewish Education to 
reinforce Jewish Identity," 
at Hofstra University, New 

Jonathan D. Sarna 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
Jewish History, was 
awarded the Benjamin J. 
Shevach Memorial Prize for 
Distinguished Leadership in 
Jewish Education by the 
Hebrew College of Boston at 
its June graduation. Sarna 
has also written the lead 
article in the latest 
American Jewish Year Book 
(vol. 100}, "The Twentieth 
Century Through American 
Jewish Eyes: A History of 
the American Jewish Year 
Book, 1 899- 1999." 

Yehudi Wyner 

Walter W. Naumburg 
Professor of Composition, 
had two pieces of music 
released on CD (New World 
Records, July 2000|: On 
This Most Voluptuous 
Night and String Quartet 
played by the Lydian 
Quartet. Also, Passover 
Offering, music for The 
Mirror, and Friday Evening 
Service with the BBC 
chorus and orchestra, were 
recently recorded for the 
Milken Archives of 
American Jewish Music. 

Leslie Zebrowitz 

Manuel Yellen Professor of 
Social Relations, was 
selected as a participant in 
the June 2000 Advanced 
Training Institute on 
functional magnetic 
resonance imaging 
sponsored by the American 
Psychological Association. 
Her book Reading Faces 
(Westview Press, 1997) has 
been translated into 
Japanese and published by 
Taishukan Publishing Co., 


Marci McPhee 

assistant director of the 
International Center for 
Ethics, Justice and Public 
Life, was asked to make a 
presentation on "What's it 
like to be a Mormon 
working at a Jewish- 
sponsored, nonsectarian 
university" to 400 women 
at the Brigham Young 
University/Relief Society 
Women's Conference. 
Excerpts from her talk were 
printed in TJie Anns of His 
Love, a book published by 
Dcseret Book. 

8 Brandeis Review 


Sophomore Skates into 
the Record Books 

when Jessica Koslow '03 
was 5, she put her dreams 
on ice. She discovered, 
while attending a friend's 
ice skating-themed birthday 
party, what was to become 
her hfetime passion. 

"Ever since then I have been 
skating and I have been 
skating my entire life," 
matter-of-factly states 
(essica, who, in August, 
recorded a first-place finish 
at the United States Figure 
Skating Association 
(USFSA) Senior Figures 
Competition in Colorado. In 
Figures, the skater traces 
elaborate patterns on the 
ice. It is a true test of 
control, balance, precision, 
and grace. 

Her achievement is 
especially significant 
because 2000 marks the 
final time that the USFSA 
will hold a figures 
competition. Technically 
difficult, figures are often 
not understood by the 
audience and do not receive 
much media attention. "It's 
like golf," Jessica explains, 
"if you watch it and you 
don't understand the game, 
it's boring. But when you 
watch it and you know what 
is involved, you love it." 

Hats Off to Spur: 
A Cappella Group 
on a Major Roll 

Jessica Koslow '03 

Involved are exhaustive 
hours of practice and the 
skill and dedication that 
have brought this Long 
Beach, California, native 
impressive results. "Since 
1998 I have won every 
competition I've entered," 
she says as she proudly 
recalls levels, years, and 
awards, including the 1999 
Junior Figures gold medal. 

Now that Jessica will spend 
less time in the rink, she 
plans to spend more time on 
campus. The psychology 
major, economics minor, 
and film studies student 
hopes to have a career in 
advertising, and somehow 
combine skating into the 
mix. "After all," she gushes, 
"I know everything about 
skating. ..It was my life." 

— Audrey Griffin 

It was about as big as the 
big time gets in New York 
City recently for the coed, 
Brandeis a cappella group 
Spur of the Moment. Taking 
the stage at the Lincoln 
Center the ensemble offered 
"a wonderful performance," 
reports Elizabeth Power 
Robison '92, director of 
campaign operations. 

"They did not take home the 
top prize," she said. "But 
they deserve accolades for 
their fine representation of 
Brandeis University. You 
would have been amazed at 
the thunderous applause in 
Avery Fisher Fiall for 

The abundantly talented 
Spur performed on The 
Early Show on CBS the 
morning after their April 30 
Lincoln Center gig. They 
were in the Big Apple and 
Fisher Hall competing in 
the National Championship 
of Collegiate A Cappella. 

The group, which sings pop 
music, is celebrating its 
10th year and has released 
three CDs, including Two 
Flights Up, most recently. 
Spur has sung the national 
anthem for the Boston 
Celtics at the FleetCenter 
and performed for Boston's 
Mayor Thomas Menino last 

Spur, for its many fans and 
anyone who wants to learn 
more about the group, has 
its own Web site at 

Members of Spur of the 
Moment with Mark 
McEwen. weather and 
entertainment reporter. 
CBS's The Early Show 

9 Brandeis Review 


A BrandeJs Family 

Shared experiences can 
unite generations. Just ask 
the extended Teilerman, 
Berkowitz, and Sher 
famihes, who share an 
enthusiasm for Brandeis 

Carol and Morris 
Tellerman's three 
daughters — Judith, Deborah, 
and Barbara — all attended 
Brandeis. Deborah and 
Barbara married University 
alumni, and Deborah's 
daughter was graduated in 
1999. Deborah's sister-in- 
law, Ryna Berkowitz 
Alexander, is also a 
Brandeis alumna. 

Judith Teilerman '69 was 
the first to arrive on 
campus. Her decision to 
attend Brandeis thrilled her 
parents, whose own 
educational opportunities 
were cut short when they 
fled Nazism in Europe as 
teenagers. That experience 
shaped their strong belief in 
social activism and 
education. Carol says, 
"Everything can be taken 
away from you. The only 
thing that cannot be taken 
is what is in your mind." 

The Teilerman sisters are 
equally pleased and proud to 
have studied at Brandeis. 
Today a psychologist and 
clinical psychology 
professor at the University 
of Illinois, Judith says, "We 
were taught to be idealistic, 

to try to change the world 
through peaceful and 
constructive means. To 
build something up requires 
great fortitude and strength 
of purpose, and it can't be 
done alone. We must form 
coalitions that bring people 

The lessons Judith learned 
at Brandeis have influenced 
the course of her life. 
Recently, she received a 
presidential appointment to 
the National Advisory 
Council of the United 
States Department of 
Health and Human Services 
Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Services 
Administration, in 
recognition of her 
groundbreaking program for 
youth suicide prevention. 
The program, known as 
Solutions Unlimited Now, 
has been adopted 
successfully nationwide. 

"Everything that I'm doing 
now is in keeping with the 
moral fiber that was part of 
Brandeis. When I went back 
for my Reunion, I suddenly 
realized how much Brandeis 
was a part of me. Education 
should be a spiritual quest 
for goodness, to mend the 
world. That's what I've 
tried to make my life all 
about," Judith says. "We 
need to change the social 
fabric of the world of 
children. They need 
supportive groups in which 
they learn how to solve 
problems creatively, to 
support each other and help 
each other grow and learn." 

Like her sister, Deborah 
Teilerman Berkowitz '71 
considers Brandeis integral 

to her life. Now a lawyer, 
Deborah has participated m 
alumni activities since she 
completed her studies and 
served 10 years on the 
Alumni Association Board. 
She also is a member of the 
Brandeis University Board 
of Fellows. Deborah says, 
"On a philosophical level, I 
appreciate what Brandeis 
stands for. It was also 
meaningful to my parents 
that their children attend a 
school that stood for 
principles dear to them, and 
those values continue to 
inform the way I live my 
life. Brandeis understood 
the value of investing its 
resources to enable students 
of all means to attend. 
Because of that, there are 
generations of alumni 
making the world a better 

At Brandeis, Deborah met 
the man who would become 
her husband, Harry 
Berkowitz '71. A Florida 
dentist, Harry recalls his 
Brandeis years fondly for 
this and other reasons. He 
explains, "Brandeis allowed 
us to grow with very few 
limits on our abilities. You 
learned how to think in a 
very creative way. The 
vision, ingenuity, and 
intelligence of my fellow 
students made a significant 
impression on me. We 
realized that if we didn't 
address society's wrongs, 
nobody was going to do it." 

Ryna Berkowitz Alexander 73 
followed her brother Harry 
to Brandeis and came away 
with similar sentiments. 
Now a mother of three 
boys, Jewish day school 
teacher, and New Jersey 
resident, Ryna says, "When 
I was on campus from 1969 
to 1973, it was a turbulent 
time but very positive for 
me. The openness and 
questioning attitude were in 
tune with my own nature. I 
developed a sense of self 
and a sense of independence 
that I value today." 

By the time Barbara 
Teilerman '79 entered 
Brandeis, the University 
was already an established 
part of the family. She then 
added to the Tellermans' 
Brandeis connections by 
marrying another graduate, 
Allyn Sher '75. Both became 
physicians — Barbara a 
radiologist and Allyn a 
neurologist — with practices 
in Columbia, Missouri, 
where they live with their 
two children. 

Attending medical school 
increased Barbara's 
appreciation of Brandeis. 
She explains, "Medical 
school science courses, from 
an academic point of view, 
were a letdown compared to 
my courses at Brandeis, 
which had been on the 
forefront of research, 
especially in genetics and 
cell biology. I felt that 
whatever Brandeis did, it 
did well. My courses had 
been taught by outstanding 

Barbara is confident that 
Brandeis is equally strong 
today. She says, "I feel in a 
fundamental way that 
issues on campus have 

10 Brandeis Review 

Ryna Berkowitz Alexander 73 

come and gone over the 
years, but Brandeis's 
intrinsic values remain the 

Her niece's Brandeis 
experience supports this 
belief. Andrea Berkowitz '99 
studied music, focusing on 
piano performance. She also 
joined the fencing team. 
Andrea recalls being 
challenged to broaden her 
perspectives as well as 
activities, and describes her 
education as a "great 

A group from the Classes of 
1981 and 1982 have been 
gathering together at the 
Frost Valley Y in the 
Catskills for Memorial Day 
weekend for the past few 
years. Seated: Beth Kneller '82. 
Second row: Vic Ney '81, 
David Ney, Rebecca Ney, 
Mitch Lipp, Sue Rosenblum 
Lipp '81, Emerson Bowstead, 
Daniel Underberg. and fillian 
Underberg. Top row: Robin 
Lipp, feiemy Ney, Karen 
Binder '82, Carolyn Lipp. 
Lisa Bowstead, Paul 
Underberg '82, Sharon 
Estreicher Underberg '82, fay 
Ravins '81, Max Rovins. Lori 
Reiner Rovins '82, and 
Samantha Rovins. 

Her grandparents, parents, 
aunts, and uncle are glad 
Andrea extended the 
family's Brandeis 
connections to a second 
generation. Not only did 
Andrea benefit but, as her 
father, Harry, says, "It was 
wonderful having her there, 
like reliving our own 

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Alumni Achievements 

Each year, Brandcis presents 
achievement awards to 
alumni who have made 
outstanding contributions 
to their professions or other 
fields of endeavors. The 
awards, presented by 
President Jehuda Remharz, 
are the University's highest 
form of alumni recognition. 

This year's Alumni 
Achievement Awards went 
to Ellen R. Gordon '65, 
president of Tootsie Roll 
Industries, and to Thomas 
L. Friedman '75, noted 
author and New York Times 
foreign affairs columnist. 

Gordon joined Tootsie 
Roll's Chicago hcadc]uarters 
as a member of the board of 
directors in 1968. She 
quickly rose from corporate 
secretary to vice president 
of product development and 
quality assurance to senior 
vice president. She assumed 
her current position with 
the company in 1978. 
Gordon has been listed 
among the top 50 women 
business owners by 
Working Woman magazine 
and the National 
Foundation of Women 
Business Owners. 

She has held prestigious 
board positums at several 
educational institutions, 
includmg Harvard Medical 
School, Harvard and 
Radcliffe colleges, the 
University of Chicago, and 
Northwestern University. 
Currently, she is a director 
of Best Foods and the 
National Confectioners 
Association. She also is a 
trtistee and member of the 
Committee for Economic 
Development, an 
independent organization of 
business and educational 
leaders, and has served as a 
vice president and director 
of HDI Investment 
Corporation since 1977. 
Gordon is a founding 
member of the Committee 
of 200, an international 
organization of leading 
women in business. 
Previously its president and 
chair, she recently has 
served as a member of the 
board of directors. 

The second award winner, 
Thomas L. Friedman '75, is 
a noted foreign affairs 
expert whose television and 
radio appearances, lectures, 
books, and New York Times 
column on foreign affairs 
have made his opinions a 
regular part of academic, 
cocktail, and boardroom 
discussions in the United 
States and elsewhere. 

Briefly a UPI correspondent 
in Beirut, Friedman has 
spent the rest of his career 
at The New York Times. He 
was a general assignment 
financial reporter and later 
Its bureau chief in Beirut 
and then Israel. Friedman's 
coverage of the Middle East 
earned him the Pulitzer 
Prize for international 
reporting in 1983 and in 

Friedman received a 
Guggenheim Foundation 
Fellowship in 1988 to write 
a hook on the Middle East. 
From Beirut to Jerusalem. 
published in lune 1989, was 
on the New York Times 
bestseller list for nearly a 
year and won the 1989 
National Book Award for 
nonfiction and the Overseas 
Press Club Award for the 
best book on foreign policy. 
Friedman's book has been 
published in 10 languages, 
including Japanese and 
Chinese, and is now used by 
many high schools and 
universities as assigned 
reading on the Middle East. 

In January 1989, Friedman 
became the chief diplomatic 
correspondent for the 
Times, covering the war in 
the Persian Gulf and the 
end of the Cold War. In 
1992, he shifted to domestic 
politics, as chief White 
House correspondent. Two 
years later, Friedman was 
named the newspaper's 
international economics 
correspondent, examining 
the nexus between foreign 
and trade policy. He has 
served in his current 
position of foreign affairs 
columnist for the past five 

In addition to his 
responsibilities at the Times, 
Friedman has written the 
text that accompanies 
Micha Bar-Am's photographs 
in the book Israel: A 
Photubiography, and last 
year published The Lexus 
and the Olive Tree: 
Understanding Globalization. 

Friedman is a member of 
the Brandeis University 
Board of Trustees and a 
member of the advisory 
board of the Marshall 
Scholarship Commission. 
He has received honorary 
degrees from Brandeis as 
well as Macalester, 
Haverford, and Hebrew 
Union colleges. 

1 2 Brandcis Review 

Have We Got 
a Fella for You! 

"America's 100 Most Eligible 
Bachelors," a special issue 
of People magazine, 
featured luminaries such as 
George Clooney, Matt 
Damon, Ben Affleck, Mark 
McGwire, George 
Stephanopoulos, lulio 
Iglesias Jr., and Rabbi Gary 
Davidson '85. Gary 

No one was more surprised 
than Davidson himself. 
How did he manage to 
appear bearing a bouquet of 
red roses m the midst of 
world-famous hunks- 

This rabbi of Temple Beth 
Shalom in Long Beach, 
California, first attracted 
media attention when he 
organized Friday night 
Shabbat services for singles, 
complete with refreshments 
and socializing. A story in 
the Los Angeles Times 
Metro section described the 
events and profiled 
Davidson. He explains, "It 
mentioned how I started the 
group not only to bring 
others together but to find 
my own soul mate." 

Entertainment Tonight 
anchor Mary Hart noticed 
the article and passed it on 
to People. The magazine 
then contacted Davidson to 
arrange an interview. Only 
afterward did Davidson hear 
that he might be included in 
the eligible bachelors 

The day the magazine was 
published, Davidson's 
phone began to ring 
constantly. Local television 
stations called for 
interviews. He was invited 
to appear live on CBS News, 
and the Times ran an article 
covering two-thirds of a 

Becoming a rabbi was as 
unexpected of this 275- 
pound, six-foot, six-inch 
Needham, Massachusetts, 
native as the path to fame. 
Preceded to Brandeis by 
brothers Leonard '79 and 
Paul '83 as well as by a 
mother who later 
transferred to Boston 
University to become a 
teacher, Gary Davidson 
majored in psychology and 
planned a career as a 
clinical psychologist. For 
two years after graduating 
from Brandeis, Davidson 
worked with troubled adults 
and children in hospital 
psychiatric wards and 
taught mentally retarded 
students. Then, his friend 
Gary Massey '85 invited 
him to spend a weekend in 
Borough Park, a primarily 
Orthodox neighborhood in 
Brooklyn, New York. 
Davidson says that opened 
his eyes to the beauty of 

"I was looking for a career in 
which I could help people. 
Suddenly, I knew what I 
wanted to do with my life," 
he says. 

After Davidson had spent a 
year at Neve Schechter in 
Jerusalem, the dean of a 
ralibinical school told him 
his religious background 
was too weak to become a 
rabbi. Davidson was 
undeterred. He went to the 
University of Judaism in 
Los Angeles and improved 
his grades. He also taught at 
a religious school, served as 
a camp counselor at a 
Jewish camp, read religious 
books, and became an 
observant Jew. 

Following an interview with 
the same dean who had 
doubted his qualifications, 
Davidson was accepted to 
rabbinical school. Five years 
later, he was graduated from 
the Jewish Theological 
Seminary in New York 

Garv Davidson 

City. Ordained as a rabbi in 
May 1996, Davidson 
accepted a position with a 
small congregation in Long 
Beach, California. 

With his career resolved, 
this eligible bachelor says 
he is "hoping to meet a 
woman who is very sweet, 
soft, feminine, intelligent, 
genuinely pretty, and with a 
heart of gold." Describing 
himself as "just a regular 

guy with a very big heart 
who is warm, loving, caring, 
compassionate, and 
intelligent," Davidson 
notes, "My dream is to 
make the world a better 
place. I love the beach, 
movies, restaurants, sports, 
and just being with that one 
special person." 

Any takers? 

13 i5randeis Review 

Philadelphia Future 
for Figueroa 

A coach once told baseball 
player Nelson Figueroa '98, 
"The first team that trades 
for you wants you, but 
you'll make it with the 
second team that trades for 
you because they need 

Figueroa heard these 
prophetic words after being 
traded from the New York 
Mets — the team that drafted 
him in 1997, while he was 
still a Brandeis student — to 
the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
After making his major 
league debut with Arizona, 
Figueroa is now a member 
of the Philadelphia 
Phillies — the second team 
to trade for him and his 
third ballclub in four years. 

Figueroa had worked hard to 
balance his dream of playing 
professional baseball and his 
desire to earn a Brandeis 
degree. He accomplished 

As a member of the 
challenging Eastern 
League's Binghamton Mets, 
he earned "player of the 
week" honors twice m his 
first month, posting two 
shutouts and an impressive 
number of strikeouts. But 
Figueroa soon found that 
success in this league does 
not come easily. His self- 
confidence and the 

confidence of his coaches in 
his abilities seemed to 
wane. Then, he experienced 
a common baseball event: 
he was traded. 

Sent to Arizona, this 
Brooklyn native needed to 
adjust to a new organization 
and a new set of coaches. 
He also needed to convince 
his new team that he could 
pitch in the major leagues. 

Figueroa began the 1999- 
2000 season as a starting 
pitcher for the AAA Tucson 
Sidewinders. He regained 
his stature as one of the 
premier minor-league 
pitchers, leading his team 
with nine wins, 72 
strikeouts in 100 innings, 
and a 3.04 earned run 

In baseball, one player's 
good fortune and 
opportunity often arise from 
another's misfortune. For 
instance, Hall of Famer Lou 
Gehrig first got a chance to 
play when the New York 
Yankees' regular first 
baseman, Wally Pipp, left a 
game with an injury. Pipp 
would not play first base 
ever again; Gehrig appeared 
in the next 2,130 games, 
setting a record and earning 
him the nickname of the 
Iron Horse. 

For Figueroa, opportunity 
came when arm problems 
placed Arizona's Todd 
Stottlmyre on the 15-day 
disabled list. Figueroa got 
the call late on Friday, June 
2, to pitch the next day in 

Before more than 46,000 
fans, Figueroa lost that 
game by a score of 4-3. But 
he showed that he could 
play in the majors, striking 
out two batters and leaving 
1999 MVP Ivan Rodriguez 
and power-hitter Rafael 
Palmiero hitless. 

Figueroa's major-league 
status soon ended, however. 
Later that day, he was sent 
back to Tucson. But the 
demotion was only 
temporary; Stottlemyre 
returned to the disabled list, 
and Figeroa was back in the 

On July 5, Figueroa was the 
starting pitcher against a 
tough Houston Astros team. 
Facing perennial MVP 
candidate Jeff Bagwell, 
Figueroa gave up a hit and a 
walk. Moises Alou hit a 
three-run homer. And 
Figueroa yielded a first- 
inning hoine run to young 
superstar Lance Berkman. 

"I made a good pitch to 
Berkman that he knocked 
out of the park," Figueroa 
said. "All you can do is tip 
your hat to him." 

With Stottlemyre still 
injured, Figueroa would 
have been used as a spot 
starter until September, 
when rosters expand to 40 
players and he could stay 
with the Diamondbacks for 
the rest of the season. First, 
however, Arizona wanted 

him to get more playing 
time. Figueroa went back to 
the minors to start the AAA 
All Star game on July 12. 

"You are always disappointed 
to he sent back down," said 
Figueroa. "But I was excited 
to pitch in the All Star 

Figueroa pitched the first 
mning, allowing one hit and 
striking out one, as his 
Pacific Coast League team 
went on to an 8-2 win. Two 
weeks later, Figueroa was 
traded to the Phillies, one of 
four players exchanged for 
the high-profile pitcher 
Curt Schilling. 

A member of the Scranton- 
Wilkcs Barre Red Barons as 
of July 27, Figtieroa would 
like to be back in a major- 
league uniform again. 
Recently engaged to be 
married, he hopes his dream 
will finally come true in the 
City of Brotherly Love. 

"I hope to have the 

opportunity to pitch every 

fifth day," said Figueroa. 
"You always dream about 

the time you will pitch in 

the majors. 

— David Schwartz '95 

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Alumni Benefits 

Your Alumni Association 

In cities large and small 
throughout the world, 
Brandeis alumni assembled 
to renew old and form new 
friendships, to laugh and 
learn, and to take pride in 
the accomplishments of 
their alma mater. Alumni 
representing the five 
decades of Brandeis's 
history provided countless 
hours of service to the 
University during the 1999- 
2000 academic year. Their 
many contributions, 
coupled with those of the 
University's friends, 
enabled Brandeis to achieve 
new heights. 

During 1999-2000, Brandeis 
alumni clubs and the Office 
of Alumni Relations 
organized more than 100 
opportunities for alumni to 
gather. Events ranging from 
lectures by distinguished 
faculty members to 
Reunion Weekend attracted 
more than 3,500 alumni. In 
Boston, over 200 graduates 
attended Alumni College. 

Alumni programs for recent 
graduates in Boston, New 
York, southern Florida, 
Chicago, and Los Angeles 
enjoyed record 
participation. Meanwhile, 
new clubs formed in 
Toronto and southern New 

Dedicated alumni, led by 
Kenneth S. Kaiserman '61 as 
chair of the Alumni Annual 
Fund, provided generous 
financial support for 

Brandeis's operations this 
year. Sadly, at the same 
time, the University lost a 
valued leader when Alumni 
Association President 
Richard Saivetz '69 died 
suddenly. His commitment 
and service to Brandeis are 
sorely missed. 

As we move through a new 
academic year, we have 
much to anticipate. The 
Alumni Association has a 
newly revised Web site 
providing greater 
opportunities to stay up to 
date on alumni and 
University news and events. 
We also are introducing an 
alumni travel program. 
Graduates and other 
members of the Brandeis 
community will travel to 
Provence m May and to 
Tuscany next October. 

The Alumni Association 
and the activities of the 
Alumni Admissions 
Council and Hiatt Career 
Network are strengthened 
by new and exciting 
programs and volunteer 
opportunities coming this 
year. The future of the 
Brandeis University Alumni 
Association is sound, 
strong, and ever more 

Sharyn T. Sooho '69 
National Alumni 
Association President 

Paul S. Rosenstein 
Executive Director, Alumni 
and University Relations 

Brandeis offers its alumni a 
variety of benefits. 
When you have questions 
please contact the 
appropriate staff at the 
Brandeis University Alumni 
Association or e-mail 

Executive Director 
Paul S. Rosenstein 

Associate Director, 

Club Development and 

Programming, Member 


Autumn Haynes 


Associate Director, 

Alumni travel. Alumni 

College, and University 


Julie Smith-Bartoloni 


Assistant Director, 
Dues Program, Club 
Programs, Class Notes, and 
Alumni Authors 
Karen Cirrito 

Alumni Card 

The official Alumni 
Association membership 
card provides access to the 
University libraries. 


MBNA donates a percentage 
of purchases to the Brandeis 
University Alumni 
Association to support 
alumni programs 
throughout the world. Call 
800-523-7666 for more 
information about the 
Brandeis University Credit 


Call 800-922-1245 to 
receive information about 
special insurance plans from 
the American Insurance 


Office of the Registrar, 

Hiatt Career Networic 

To join the Alumni Career 
Network or to receive more 
information, please call 
Meryl Glatt Rader, director, 
at 781-736-3618, or visit 

Class Notes 

Mail to: Class Notes, 
Office of Alumni Relations, 
Brandeis University, 
MS 124, P.O. Box 549110, 
Waltham, MA 02454-91 10. 
Fax to 781-736-4101 or 


The Brandeis Review will 
consider for publication 
photographs of Brandeis 
alumni at the wedding of 
alumni or other gatherings, 
as space permits. Pictures 
must be received within six 
months of the event, 
reproduce well, include the 
names and classes of all 
those pictured, and indicate 
the date and location of the 

Photographs should be sent 
to; Class Notes, Office of 
Alumni Relations, Brandeis 
University, P.O. Box 
549110, MS 124, Waltham, 
MA 02454-91 10, 

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Alumni Clubs 

For information about cluh 
activities, contact any of the 
club leaders via the e-mail 
addresses below or call the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations at 781- 
736-4100. Please contact the 
Alumni Network or the 
Minority Alumni Network 
to be included on their 
mailing lists. 


Joan Givncr Bovarnick, 

Ph.D. '69 


Rose Shiivvindt Weinberg '.S7 


Suk Won Kim '70 


Mark A. Surchin '78 

United States 

William "Bill" Miller '87 



Lauren Cohen Small '78 

Greater Boston 

Martin "Marty" Bloom 19 

Northern California 

James "Jim" O' Neil '78 


Southern California 

Albert B. Spevak 'li 


Ruth Abrams Goldberg '53 
and Audrey Rogovin 
Madans '53 

Debbie Moeckler Beiman '87 

Darlene Green and Charles 
"Chuck" Kamine '74 
Southern Florida 
Steven "Steve" Sheinman '79 
West Coast Florida 
Sylvia Haft Firschein '55 
and Joan A. Greenberger 
Gurgold '53 

Michael Kivort '87 
Long Island 
Jaime D. Ezratty '86 
Northern New Jersey 
Saul Wolfe '55 
Southern New Jersey 
Stephen "Steve" 
Scheinthal '87 
sou thnew jersey® 
New York City 
Amy G. DaRosa '94 
David J. Allon '81 
Washington, D.C. 
Seth K. Arenstein '81 
Westchester County 
Susan M. Epstein Deutsch '62 

Affinity Groups 
Alumni Network 

Michael Hammerschmidt 



Minority Alumni Network 

Joseph Perkins '66 

Student Alumni 


Wendi Adelson '01 and 

Maryanne V. Cullman '02 

New Web Site 

The Alumni Association has 
launched a redesigned Web 
site at 

Navigation is now easy, 
and alumni can find even 
more information about 
class events, club activities, 
and news updates about the 
University. New online 
services through the site will 
be offered in the near future 
and will include a secured 
online directory, permanent 
e-mail forwarding, online 
payment processing for 
events and gilts, and more! 
to update your e-mail 
address. Then you can be 
notified about these and 
other services and let us 
know what you think of the 
new design! 

Travel Program 2000 

The Brandeis University 
Alumni Association travel 
program will feature two 
exciting education and 
travel excursions during 
this inaugural year. Brandeis 
alumni, family, and friends 
of all ages are invited to 
see the world with us. 
For information visit us at 

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Alumni Events 

Alumni Club 

of Greater Boston 

Fifteen recent graduates got 
together for an educational 
Dim Sum brunch in 
Chinatown hosted by 
Sharon Chan '95 on Sunday, 
April 30. 

More than 20 local alumni 
attended the final session of 
the 1999-2000 Downtown 
Lunch Series featuring 
Professor of Biology Attila 
Klein. The Downtown 
Lunch Series was chaired by 
Barbara Cantor Sherman '54 
and sponsored by Elizabeth 
Etra lick '81, of CIBC/ 

Approximately 25 Brandeis 
alumni joined 40 others at 
an event with Stephen J. 
Whitfield, Ph.D. '72, Max 
Richter Professor of 
American Civilization, 
cosponsored with the Vilna 
Center for lewish Heritage 
on Beacon Hill on 
Wednesday, May 17. 

Alumni Club of 
Southern Florida 

A dozen alumni and guests 
gathered for a wine tasting 
on June 15 in Boca Raton. 

Alumni Club of Houston 

Alumni Association 
President Sharyn T. Sooho '69 
recently appointed Michael 
Kivort '87 as the new club 
president for the club after 
Alyssa Sanders '89 moved to 
the Washington, D.C., area 
last winter. 

Professor of Biology 
Attila Klein and Barbara 
Cantor Sherman '54 

Alumni Club of Israel 

Rose Shirwindt Weinberg '57, 
club president, hosted a 
reception for President 
Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, 
on Sunday, May 28, at her 
home in Jerusalem. Seventy 
alumni and students 
enjoyed an afternoon of 
pleasant reengagement with 
friends and fellow alumni, 
and were most impressed by 
the enthusiastic and 
informative address by the 

fared Goldfarb V4 
and Lev Miller '95 

Rabbi Herb Weinberg, host, 
Professor Shulamit 
Reinharz. Ph.D. '77, 
President fehuda Reinharz, 
Ph.D. '72. and Rose 
Shirwindt Weinberg '57. 
club president 

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Alumni Club of 
New York City 

Spur of the Moment, a 
Brandeis co-ed pop a capella 
group, competed in the 
National Championships of 
Collegiate A Capella Finals 
in Lincoln Center's Avery 
Fisher Hall in New York 
City on April 30. More than 
100 alumni, students, 
parents, and fans of the 
group enjoyed a reception 
after the concert at Brandeis 

Alumna Cynthia Bush 
hosted 39 alumni at the J. P. 
Morgan headquarters on 
Wall Street on Monday, 
June 12, 2000. She proposed 
10 important tips you need 
to help gam and keep 
control of your career. 

On Thursday, June 14, 
Steven Lurie '75 presented 
"Now That I Am in Charge 
What Do I Do?" Lurie 
engaged the 20-person group 
in discussion and offered 
some suggestions and tools 
for handling authority in 
the workplace and at home. 

Alumni Club oi New York 
City Election 2000 Series 

On May 4, 18 alumni and 
friends gathered in the 
library at Brandeis House to 
hear Steve Teles, assistant 
professor of politics, speak 
about "Domestic Policy and 
Presidential Power." Teles 
discussed the difference 
between the role that the 
Constitution outlines for 
the presidency and how 
American people judge a 
leader worthy of the 
executive office. 

On Wednesday, June 21, 
nearly 90 alumni gathered 
for a casual and festive 
celebration of summer at 
Brandeis House. It was a 
time to catch up with old 
friends and enjoy some 
summertime treats. 

Susan E. Pialgever '70 
with Ira S. Kleinman '58 
and guest 

Reunion T-Shirt 
Design Contest 

The Office of Alumni 
Relations thanks all of the 
students who participated 
in the First Annual Reunion 
T-Shirt Design Contest. 
Natasha Kipp '00 received a 
$100 gift certificate to the 
Hard Rock Cafe Boston for 
her winning entry. In 
addition, Natasha's design 
was printed on T-shirts that 
hundreds of alumni received 
at Reunion 2000 in lune. 
Congratulations, Natasha! 

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Save the Date 

Fifty-three alumni, friends, 
and parents assembled at 
CBS News Headquarters in 
New York City on Monday, 
May 8, to hear the panel 
discussion "What Role Does 
the Media Play?" as part of 
the Election 2000 Series. 
The panel was chaired by 
Allen B. Alter '71 and 
populated by CBS News 
professionals, including 
Kathy Frankovic, director of 
surveys, Mary Martin, 
senior coordinating 
producer of Election 2000 
News, and Richard 
Schlesinger, a frontline 
correspondent. Allen also 
arranged for Dan Rather to 
stop by and take questions 
from the Brandeis audience. 

Sixteen alumni braved the 
worst thunder and lightning 
storm of the season to hear 
former Lieutenant Governor 
of Massachusetts Evelyn 
Murphy speak at Brandeis 
House on May 18. Murphy 
discussed the role that 
women played in the 
primaries and will play in 
the upcoming presidential 

On Wednesday, May 24, 
Brandeis University's Chair 
of the Board of Trustees 
Steve Grossman spoke to 27 
alumni and friends at 
Brandeis House about 
"Voter Apathy and What It 
Means in a Democracy." 
This final session of the 
Election 2000 Series 
discussed the issues and 
implications of low voter 
turnout on the democratic 

Alumni Club of 

Marty Bloom '79, Alumni 
Club of Greater Boston 
president and CEO of 
Vinny Testa's Restaurants, 
sponsored a happy hour on 
Wednesday, May 31, during 
the opening week of the 
newest Vinny Testa's in 
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. 
Marty gave the il local 
alumni and guests a tour of 
the restaurant and detailed 
future plans for the store. 

Alumni College 
Travel to Provence 

May 7-15, 2001 

Alumni College 
Travel to Tuscany 

October 9-October 17, 2001 

For more information 
please call 781-736-4100. 
[space is limited] 

Alumni Club of Toronto 

Mark Alan Surchin '78 has 
recently been appointed 
president of the new Alumni 
Club of Toronto. More than 
100 alumni reside in 
Toronto where the Club 
held its inaugural Faculty- 
in-the-Field event on June 
11. Robert Sekuler '60, 
Louis and Frances Salvage 
Professor of Psychology and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, was on 
sabbatical at the Baycrest 
Centre for Geriatric Care, 
Toronto. Benjamin Rubin '79 
who hosted 27 alumni and 
guests sponsored the event. 

Professor Robert 
Sekuler '60 

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iS^H Ford Hall, during 

approximately three weeks in 
late summer, yielded its long- 
held place at center-campus 
to the forthcoming Carl and 
Ruth Shapiro Campus Center. 
Here, the photographs of our 
campus photographer and 


G o o d b y 

Lthe recollections of a few of 
■s former occupants pay 
tribute to the aged structure. 



Ralph Notm.m Plinioqr.iph Coliechon^ 
Robed D Fatber UnivefSilK^rchi-' ■■ 
Bnandeis Uniuersity 




Text by 

Gerald S. Bernstein, 
Photograptis by 
Julian Brown 


On a cool August morning, 
a small group of people 
stood behind a cyclone 
fence and waited for the 
demolition of one of the 
last surviving buildings of 
Middlesex University to 
begin. The three-story 
structure was originally 
built in the early 1940s to 
serve as the newly 
dedicated School of 
Veterinary Medicine. Its 
designer/builder was John 
Hall Smith, the founder of 
Middlesex. Twelve years 
earlier. Dr. Smith had 
supervised the 
construction of the Castle, 
in contrast to which the 
new structure was built of 
red brick, with a central 
pediment and stone 
quoins. Although the 

Some remembered it as 
the first classroom at 
Brandeis, while others 
identified it with such 
historical events as the 
student takeover in 1969 
and the image of a sheet 
hanging out of a second 
story window proclaiming 
the school's new name to 
be Malcolm X University. 

It was also the focal point 
of the student strike of 
1970. At Commencement 
that spring one could feel 
the tension of graduating 
seniors lined up in front of 
Ford Hall. Many in the 
senior class had chosen to 
wear the traditional cap 
and gown. Others, 
however, wore the "red 
fist" as a symbol of 

balanced symmetry of the 
new building was vaguely 
evocative of the American 
Colonial style, much of the 
material used by Smith 
was purchased 

Every morning for more 
than a month, the group of 
spectators behind the 
cyclone fence increased. 
For many, it was a 
melancholy experience as 
they shared personal 
memories of the building 
that became Ford Hall. 

sympathy with the 
National Student Strike, 
which was growing across 
the country. As the 
academic procession 
silently entered Ullman 
Amphitheater, a voice 
called out, "Okay, Eliot, 
you can forget that new car 
now." For a moment, one 
wasn't sure whether this 
voice came from a 
disappointed father or, 
perhaps, someone more 
divine. It took only a few 
seconds for the words to 
reach the thousands of 

21 Brandeis Review 

spectators, passing from 
one to another, breaking 
the tension with roars of 
laughter and applause. 
Whatever Eliot's 
transgression that day, I 
would like to believe that 
father and son eventually 
reconciled and today share 
a successful medical 
practice on Long Island. 

Standing in front of 
Bernstein-Marcus, one had 
an excellent view of the 
progress of the demolition. 
One of the first walls to 
come down was the 
Sydeman Wing. This 
addition to Ford was built 
in the early fifties, in the 
same factory-like style as 
Ford. For many, there was 
a sadness as the massive 

The addition of the 
Sydeman Wing in 1950, by 
local architect Archie 
Riskin, added much needed 
space for the new 
University. Although 
Riskin's design was very 
similar to Smith's original 
building, the difference 
was revealed during the 
demolition. Riskin had 
rejected the wall-bearing 
structure in favor of an 
internal metal frame. This 
approach created greater 
flexibility, especially in the 
use of larger windows. 

The clockwork precision of 
the demolition team was 
nothing less than mind 
boggling. The level of 
coordination seemed, at 
times, like a ballet of two 

teeth of the backhoe ripped 
into the brick walls, 
exposing a different 
structural system of 
construction. Ford Hall was 
a massive brick building 
with poured concrete floor 
slabs, most of its weight- 
bearing walls cohering as a 
result of a large quantity of 
cement. On the lower 
stories of Ford Hall, the 
bearing walls were more 
than a foot thick. 

giant dinosaurs. As the 
project reached the end, 
there emerged out of the 
rubble a startling vision. At 
the center of the site, and 
standing where Ford had 
been less than a week ago, 
was a massive ledge 
outcropping, 12 feet high 
and more than 75 feet long, 
which had been inside the 
building all along. Why, 
with acres of fields and 
orchards from which to 
choose. Dr. Smith decided 
to locate his School of 
Veterinary Medicine at this 

particular site will probably 
never be known. I hope, 
however, that this 
extraordinary rock will play 
an important role in the 
student center that will 
take Ford Hall's place. 

Gerald S. Bernstein, a 
member of the Brandeis 
faculty since 1967, is 
associate professor of fine 
arts with a specialty in 

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Living and working in Ford 
Hall was hard. Everyone 
had to accept and work in 
the same conditions, but 
the difficulties served to 
foster unity. The "old- 
timers" helped the 
"newcomers" to adjust. 
Your daily greeting might 
revolve around the 
building's temperature, but 
then you always turned to 
discussing family, weekend 
plans, upcoming vacations, 
or holidays. Eventually, 
everyone in the building 
was more than a nodding 

The loss of associations 
forged over decades and 
the challenge to 
friendships posed by the 
relocation was the saddest 
part of the transition for 

Gwenn Smaxwill is 
director of the college-level 
summer program and has 
worked at Brandeis for 24 
years, 20 of which were 
spent in Ford Hall. 

I take a certain pleasure in 
the destruction of Ford 
Hall. I am thus relieved, 
now and forever, from the 
palsied "Proustian Rush" I 
used to get each time I 
entered Seifer. On those 
rare but intense occasions, 
I experienced a memento 
mori of a Latin Literature 
final (composed and 
proctored by classicist 
Cheryl Walker) for which I 
was grossly unprepared 
and to which I was 45 
minutes late, having 
braved a blizzard in a 

shaking Chevy Chevette 
that showed little concern 
about whether I lived or 
died let alone fulfilled my 
foreign language 
requirement at Brandeis. 
Therefore, I always think of 
Ford Hall as a Roman 
ruin— one best bypassed 
by tourists and deemed 
immaterial to history. 

Laurie Ledeen '83 is 
director of presidential 
gifts in the Office of 
Development and Alumni 

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Because of its age, 
Brandeis is somewhat 
short on tradition. And, to 
the degree that tradition is 
imbued in any kind of 
structure, it was within 
Ford Hall in the same way, 
I think, that the Castle 
represents that certain 
sense of the University. 

I'm not sure I have a lot of 
sentimentality for objects; I 
miss Ford Hall, but on the 
other hand, there's a 
degree of ambivalence 
about it, because of the 
issue of deferred 

maintenance for the last 
few years, compared to 
this new structure, which 
is clean, doesn't leak, 
radiators don't bang so I 
don't have to turn them off 
when I have a class, 
windows will close so I 
don't have to sit in a draft. 
All of that is significant. 
However, like most people, 
I guess, there's a certain 
romanticism I have. So I 
feel a sense of loss of that 

But if you're going to give 
up the space— the building 
was in the center of 
campus, almost dead 
center — and if the 
building's got to come 

down for something, I can't 
think of anything better 
than a student center. 

Thompson "Tony" 
Williams, Jr. is director of 
the Transitional Year 
Program, which has had 
offices and classrooms in 
Ford Hall to the last and is 
now housed temporarily in 
the Modular Educational 
Units set up at the edge of 
Chapels Field. Williams had 
tenanted space in Ford Hall 
for 22 years. 

Ten days before I came on 
board as vice president for 
student affairs. Ford Hall 
was taken over. I was 
thrust right into the 
middle. The first task the 
President gave me was to 
deal with the 10 demands. 
My office was in Gryzmish, 
overlooking the hill, and 
students would march 
down with stones and 
knives and come into my 
office demanding, even 
threatening me physically. 
There'd be 90 or 100 people 
and we'd be In the lobby of 

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Some of the things I'll 
remember about Ford Hall 
are that birds would get 
into the building. There 
was often a bird flying 
around when we came in 
in the morning. I'll also 
remember the look on 
deliverymen's faces when 
I'd tell them there was no 
elevator in the building and 
they had several cases of 
paper to deliver to us on 
the third floor. 

particular tree change color 
in the fall, lose its leaves In 
the winter, and come back 
to green in the spring. 

Doris Breay is the assistant 
director of The Heller 
School's master's degree 
program in Sustainable 
International Development, 
which had been housed in 
Ford Hall for the past six 

While I don't miss walking 
up and down the three 
flights of stairs to my 
office, I do miss the high 
ceilings, the hallways, the 
space. And I enjoyed the 
view. I loved watching a 

Gryzmish. They couldn't 
delegate two or three— 
they were very 
democratic — everybody 
was equal. So 90 people 
would be there with me, 
talking and screaming, and 
this went on for months. 

David Squire is a Trustee of 
Brandeis University and 
has also served as a vice 

As a member of the short- 
lived, graduate film 
program, and having taken 
undergraduate courses in 
film with David Hardy, I 
spent whole days at a 
stretch In Ford Hall's 
Nathan Seifer Auditorium, 
sitting in the dark. That, 
along with the 28 
intervening years, have 
cast my memories of those 
times in a sort of dim 
chiaroscuro. Nonetheless, I 
distinctly recall entering 
the building as a freshman 
to attend some survey 

course in general science, 
and finding upon the 
staircase several large jars 
containing preserved 
specimens— fetal pigs and 
the like— and thinking to 
myself, "Wow! So this Is 

Cliff Hauptman '69, 
M.F.A. '73, is editor of the 
Brandeis Review and 
director of publications. 

25 Brandeis Review 

One of the funniest things 
that happened in Sydeman 
was when we used to have 
a big property room to the 
right as you came in. After 
the [University] 
switchboard moved out of 
there and went into 
Feldberg, we took over 
that room for storing 
students' belongings. At 
the end of the year instead 
of the kids taking all their 
stuff home — their stereos 
and guitars and everything 
else — we used to store 
everything in that room 

and have a list of who left 
what. We also used to 
store confiscated booze 
and drugs and everything 
else in there. Back in those 
years we had those big 
beer balls; now they have 
kegs, but back then they 
had large plastic balls. 
Well, the room had no 
ventilation, and I 
remember coming into that 
building on a hot summer 
day. The temperature in 
that room must have been 
90-plus degrees, and all of 
a sudden I heard this big 
explosion and I thought 
somebody had set off 
something in the building. I 
opened up the room and 

one of the beer balls had 
exploded. There was beer 
and plastic all over the 
walls. We were scraping 
plastic and beer off the 
walls for weeks, and it was 
all stuck to people's 
stereos and luggage and 
everything else. 

Another funny thing Is the 
way the building was being 
taken over by cats. We've 
always had a cat problem 
on campus, where 
students befriend an 
animal and then graduate, 
and the cats reproduced. 

We've had a mass 
explosion of cats. As the 
humans began vacating 
the building, the cats 
began taking over the 
mechanical room, where 
that rock was. And the 
stink that emanated from 
that room was 
phenomenal. In the final 
stages, the last couple of 
weeks, as the people 
moved out, and we were 
the only ones left, the cats 
migrated up to the top 
floors. They came out of 
that "dungeon" and 
worked their way up to the 
top floors to live. Hopefully 
the cats got out before the 

In my early days at 
Brandeis, I worked for 
Ralph Norman [Brandeis 
University photographer 
from 1950 until his 
retirement in 1981], mainly 
in his headquarters in "The 
Mushroom," a small 
building behind the Castle. 
Later we moved to Ford 
Hall, where Ralph's office 
was on ground level facing 
the Sherman Student 
Center. It seemed always to 
be piled chock-a-block with 
ever-changing odds and 
ends of photographica. 

Ralph had entree to the 
government surplus sales 
held regularly in Boston, 
and one could quite literally 
"rummage" through all 
kinds of exotica he had 
bought. Science professors 
occasionally came by to see 
if Ralph had found 
something they had put on 
a wish list of things for him 
to keep an eye out for. I 
found exciting lenses and 
flashes to experiment with. 

In this small office, I 
learned from Ralph about 
life and the business of 

26 Brandeis Review 

Ed Callahan, director of 
public safety, came to 
Brandeis 22 years ago as a 
member of the department 
of safety and security, 
which over the years 
changed its name to 
campus police, then 
University police, and, 
finally, public safety. 
Whatever its name, the 
department had been 
housed in Sydeman Hall 
since the beginning. It is 
now located in the 
Stoneman Building. 

My first involvement with 
Ford Hall was In 1969 when 
I was a news photographer 
for The Boston Globe. I 
was sent out to cover the 
student takeover of a 
building I could barely find 
at a university I knew little 
about. I spent most of my 
time standing around 
waiting for then Brandeis 
President Morris Abram to 
come out and make a 
statement. Little did I know 
that 14 years later I would 
be working as campus 
photographer at that 

university with a darkroom 
in that very building. My 
first week on the job, a 
leaking radiator from the 
floor above dumped water 
all over my desk and ruined 
a batch of negatives. I was 
not sorry to move to new 
quarters, elsewhere on 
campus, three years later. 

Julian Brown has been 
Brandeis's photographer 
since 1983. 

photography: how to be 
diplomatic when a 
graduate student could not 
understand why his order 
wasn't ready almost 
immediately; or how to 
handle a researcher who 
mistakenly felt he had been 
overcharged; Ralph would 
respond, "Take it, no 
charge." The researcher 
learned a lesson, too. 

I learned a lot in Ford Hall. 

Henry Grossman '58 is a 
photographer, actor, and 

For a comprehensive 
display of Ford Hall 
memorabilia, visit 

27 Brandeis Review 

Literature of Shame: 

by Erica Harth 

Recent Fiction i 
and Drama on jir 
the Japanese * fft 

The recent successes of 
a novel and a play are finally 
bringing into the literary 
mainstream an opprobrious 
but little-known episode in 
America's history. 

In 1942, after the bombing ot Pearl 
Harbor, more than 1 10,000 persons 
of Japanese descent, two-thirds of 
whom were American citizens, got 
forced out of their homes and into 
10 government-run concentration 
camps. Fears of their possible 
disloyalty would prove totally 
groundless. The FBI picked up 
Japanese-born (Issei) "enemy 
aliens" whom it deemed suspect 
and tossed them into Department 
of Justice internment camps. 
Husbands were separated from 
wives, fathers from children. 

A "riot" in 1942, at Manzanar 
(California), one of the 10 camps, 
left two inmates dead, killed by 
military police. Loyalty 
questionnaires were passed out in 
1943. On the basis of the answers 
received, some prisoners were 
classed as "disloyal" and 

"segregated" in the camp at Tule 
Lake, California. Others 
volunteered for what turned out to 
be the most decorated military 
unit of World War II, the all-Nisei 
(second generation) 442nd 
Regimental Combat Team, the 

"Go for Broke" troops. What to do 
in 1943? Volunteer or not? Answer 

"yes" or "no" to the loyalty 
questions? Either way it was a raw 
deal: if you didn't care to risk your 
neck overseas for a government 
that had unjustly incarcerated you, 
you would wind up "segregated" 
in the toughest camp of the 10. So 
brother was pitted against brother, 
father against son. In 1944, the 
draft of Nisei was reinstated. Some 
men started a draft resisters group,- 
they would not serve before their 
constitutional rights were 
restored. They ended up with a 
prison sentence. Others were 
drafted from the camps to defend 
the freedoms they'd been denied at 
home. Some Nisei soldiers would 
return home as war heroes, only to 
be spat upon by their fellow 
counti'ymen. The last camp closed 
in 1946. By that time, many of the 
lives and livelihoods of the 
inmates, especially those of the 
Issei, had been ruined. The 
Japanese American communities 
on the West Coast were destroyed. 

This action-packed story is a gold 
mine for fiction writers, 
playwrights, and screenwriters. It 
is also a minefield. But despite a 


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voluminous scholarly and 
imaginative literature on the 
subject, and despite the Japanese 
American community's nationally 
pidilicized redress movement in 
the 1970s and 1980s, it is a story 
that is still not at all well known 
by the general public. 

Any creative writer who wants to 
use this material will, from the 
outset, face a double challenge: 
not only of capturing the public's 
mterest, but also of conveying 
enough information to make the 
story intelligible and meaningful. 
The ciuestion of publics, or what 
we scholars in literary studies call 
the "addressee," is particularly 
sensitive here. To whom will the 
writer be speaking? It is one thing 
to write for the still comparatively 
small population of Japanese 
Americans, who are largely — and 
often painfully — well informed. It 
is quite another thing to aim for a 
general public or a mass audience. 
You do not want to gain the larger 
group at the expense of the smaller 
one; nor do you want to close out 
the general public by assuming a 
basic knowledge that iust is not 

'Well," you might say at this point, 
'if the story is so obscure and has 
affected such a relatively small 
number of people, why bother?" 
But the sadly underreported fact is 
that this egregious violation of 
civil, human, and constitutional 
rights continues to affect all of us. 
It has set a precedent that to date 
has not been officially declared 
unconstitutional. And so it hangs 
over our heads, in the words of 
Supreme Court Justice Robert H. 
Jackson, "like a loaded weapon." 
At the redress hearings, Mas 
Fukai, a city councilman from 
Gardena, California, testified: "It 
happened to us; it could happen to 
anyone." This is a story that must 
be told and retold. 

People, though, are slowly 
catching on. Recently David 
Guterson's novel Snow Falling on 
Cedars (I994|, the plot of which 
turns on events related to the 
internment, climbed to the best- 
seller list. Scott Hicks's movie 
version (1999) was nominated for 
best cinematography at the 
Academy Awards in 2000. And 
Philip Kan Gotanda's play on the 
subject of the wartime 

incarceration. The Sisters 
Matsunioto (1999), has played 
from coast to coast in important 

These works, to which I will 
return, are exceptional in their 
relatively broad appeal. One result 
of the dilemmas facing writers on 
the internment is that very few 
first-rate cultural productions on 
the subject have been able to 
garner wide public attention. 
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's best- 
selling memoir. Farewell to 
Manzanar, written with her 
husband, James Houston, has been 
in print continuously since its 
publication in 1973 and has been 
made into a video. By now it has 
become something of a classic. 
Because Jeanne Wakatsuki 
Houston was a little girl when she 
was incarcerated and because she 
lets us follow her difficult and 
often pathetically comical efforts 
to adapt to the Long Beach public 
schools after her release from 
Manzanar, her story appeals 
especially to youngsters in primary 
and secondary schools. When I 
tried it out on a class of first-year 
Brandeis students, however, they 
found it too childish for their 

Almost half a century went by 
beft)re we got the first mass- 
audience feature film on the 
internment, Alan Parker's Come 
See the Paradise (1991). It was a 
box-office flop. Reception by many 
in the Japanese American 
community was cool, in part 
because the story has its attractive 
young heroine, Lily (played by 
Tamlyn Tomita) married to a 
Caucasian (played by Dennis 
Quaid). Quaid's character. Jack, 
gets a lot of screen time. He is a 
rambimctious leftist who not 
infrequently finds himself on the 
wrong side of the law. Jack brings 
to mind the famous West Coast 
longshoreman Harry Bridges, who 
married a former inmate of the 
camp at Poston, Arizona, Noriko 
Sawada. Unlike the screen 
characters. Bridges and Sawada did 
not marry until after the war. 
Nikki Sawada, described by her 
friend Catherine Embree Harris (in 
Dusty Exile, 1991) as a "respectful, 
even submissive only child," 
obeyed her parents' injunction not 

to relocate trom camp and stayed 
with them at Poston for the 
duration. By the time she married 
Bridges, her parents were dead. 
The screen story, in situating the 
marriage before the internment, 
leaves the uncomfortable 
impression that only a wild-eyed 
radical like Jack would defy 
California's laws on miscegenation 
to marry a woman branded by the 
general public as party to the 
"yellow peril." For the general 
public of 1991, the story perhaps 
did not speak strongly enough to 
its own concerns. Or maybe the 
history just didn't come alive. My 
students, who had learned enough 
of the facts to make informed 
judgments, tended to find the film 
mushy and "too Hollywood." 

Writers must be sorely tempted to 
sentimentalize the story of the 
internment. Especially now, when 
the intensely personal, 
confessional mode is in vogue, 
highlighting the many individual 
forms of human suffering and 
victimization caused by the 
wartime incarceration would seem 
an easy route to success. Rahna 
Reiko Rizzuto's novel of a multi- 
generational Japanese American 
family. Why She Left (7s (1999), 
although spare and crisp in style, 
feels like a soap-opera rerun. Each 
chapter comprises a tear-soaked 
episode: an unwed mother and 
unwanted child, adoption, frantic 
effort to reclaim the baby, a cold 
mother, crazy father, death of a 
war hero, a suicide — you name it. 
We are asked to believe that the 
internment is the ultimate cause 
of suffering through three 
generations, a premise I accept, 
because there are certainly 
documented cases of such 
families. But in Rizzuto's story the 
threads tying the family's travail 
to the political and historical 
issues are tenuous to the point of 

Contrast Why She Left Us with 
another novel published in the 
same year, Mamie Mueller's The 
Climate of the Country. This is a 
truly political novel, the tale of a 
white staffer wrestling with his 
conscience in the Tule Lake camp. 
It has plenty of personal drama, 
but here the individual stories are 
organically linked to the bitter 
political infighting among staff 
and prisoners. Or consider Stewart 

29 Brandeis Review 

iKcda s tine novel, What the 
Scarecrow Said (1996), published, 
like Rizzuto's, by HarperCollins, a 
major press. Atypically, Ikeda sets 
his story on the East Coast, in a 
small Massachusetts town to 
which the protagonist, William 
Fujita, has "relocated" from camp. 
Through the author's very choice 
of plot and setting, he immediately 
politicizes and historicizes the 
narrative. Fujita is the outsider, 
the alien (although he is literally a 
citizen) in a strange white world. 
Because Ikeda refuses to 
compromise, to make stereotypes 
of victimized and victimizer, he 
achieves characterizations of 
complex himian and historical 
density. But, as in the case of what 
may have been the first novel of 
the internment, the enigmatic 
Karon Kehoe's excellent City in 
the Sun (1946), neither The 
Climate of the Country nor What 
the Scarecrow Said has made it to 

How, then, to account for the 
success of Snow Falling on Cedars 
and The Sisters Matsumotol Snow 
was a first novel and climbed up 
the charts slowly at first. 
Guterson, an expert wordsmith, 
crafts his narrative well. He 
creates a vivid sense of place in his 
setting, the Puget Sound area 
where he resides. More 
importantly, he frames the story as 
a murder mystery — a genre with 
perennial appeal. A Japanese 
American man, Kabuo Miyomoto, 
is accused in 1954 of killing a 
white man, who unethically 
although probably not illegally had 
taken over his property during the 
internment years. The story is told 
through the consciousness of the 
newspaperman Ishmael Chambers, 
who still pines for his childhood 
love, Hatsue, now married to the 
accused man. Like Gretel Ehrlich 
in her politically sensitive novel 
Heart Mountain (1988), Guterson 
sets up a certain parallelism 
between his white and Japanese 
American characters. If Kabuo was 
imprisoned, Ishmael, too, has 
suffered in the war; he has lost an 
arm in military service. 
Nonetheless, when Ishmael 
discovers a crucial piece of 
evidence that would clear Kabuo 
of all charges, he hesitates, 
thinking of how Hatsue spurned 


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him and how he longs tor her. for 
readers as well as for viewers of 
the film, this part of the novel is a 
bit of a cliffhanger. Will Ishmael 
turn over the evidence or will he 
give in to his own bitterness? 
When he finally makes the right 
decision, we feel the sense of 
release that comes with the 
cleansing of a guilty conscience. 

The tale is heavy with assumedly 
unintended political significance. 
It is as if Ishmael the outcast, with 
all the Biblical resonance of his 
name, becomes a symbol of the 
wartime crime committed against 
Japanese Americans. It is he, the 
white man, who holds the power 
either to imprison or to free 
Kabuo. He must overcome his 
jealous hostility toward Hatsue's 
husband in order to save both 
Kabuo and his own soul. In the 
end, as the redeemer of the story, 
he releases himself from the moral 
burden of his personal crime — the 
temptation to withhold evidence — 
as by implication he releases white 
people from the burden of their 
wartime crime against an innocent 
people. No wonder that the novel 
seems to appeal mainly to a white 
public! Japanese American readers 
with whom I have talked, on the 
other hand, are unimpressed. They 
find the characters Hatsue and 
Kabuo flat and stereotypical. 
Snow, in the end, is not really a 
novel about the internment; 
addressed to white people, it uses 
the internment to construct a 
story of suspense and moral 

Philip Kan Gotanda had made a 
reputation as a playwright of 
distinction before he wrote The 
Sisters Matsumoto, his first play 
with the internment as the central 
theme. Sisters is based partly on 
the real-life experience of his Nisei 
mother and aunts after they were 
released from the camps (he 
himself was born after the 
internment). It tells the story of 
three latter-day Chekhovian 
sisters, who return from camp to 
their beloved ancestral home only 
to find out that their old friend 
and neighbor Mr. Hersham 
prevailed upon their late father 
when he was in camp to sell the 
family's property to the local 
bank. Hersham, having learned 
that gas had been discovered on 
the Matsumoto's land, had leapt at 

the opportunity to make a deal 
with the bank in order to pay off 
his own debts and save his farm. 
The play has clear didactic aims, 
and, at least with the Huntington 
Theater's production in Boston, 
offered theater-goers post- 
performance lectures and 
discussions, elaborate program 
notes on the internment, and a 
study guide. The characters seem 
to be what playwright Rosanna 
Yamagiwa Alfaro calls a 
"representative sociological 
sampling," expressly designed to 
fill political and cultural roles in a 
history already written. Because 
Gotanda wants to impart as much 
information as he possibly can 
within the confines of one play. 
Sisters is long on words and short 
on action. The creative writing 
teachers would probably advise a 
reversal of proportions: it is always 
better to show rather than to tell, 
they say. But it is perhaps just 
because of these shortcomings that 
audiences at the turn of the 
century have been receptive. 
White theater-goers feel good that 
they are learning about an 
important but neglected piece of 
American history in a relatively 
painless way; Japanese American 
theater-goers can finally recognize 
themselves, their family members, 
or their collective history on stage. 
It's a rare enough phenomenon 
just to see Asian Americans taking 
charge of a major theatrical 

In a strange way, the two works, 
Snow Falling on Cedars and The 
Sisters Matsumoto, one written by 
a white man, the other by a 
Japanese American, are mirror 
images of each other. Whereas in 
Snow it is a white man who plays 
the redeemer, in Sisters the white 
man is the villain. Snow's story of 
a white redeemer who saves a 
Japanese American becomes a 
whitened allegory of the internment 
itself. The incarceration, after all, 
was engineered by whites, and 
then, in 1988, atoned for through 
the award of $20,000 in 
reparations to each individual 
survivor of the camps as provided 
for in the Civil Liberties Act, 
signed by a white president. This 
version of the history leaves out 
Japanese American resistance and 
heroism in military service, and 
the Japanese American 

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community's redress campaign. It 
seems oddly coincidental that the 
choice of Ishmael's war injury is 
the loss of an arm, the very same 
injury that constantly reminds the 
American public of Nisei senator 
from Hawaii Daniel Inouye's 
distinguished military service 
during the war. Inouye was a 
leader in the redress campaign. It 
is as if the white Ishmael usurps 
his place. 

In both works Japanese Americans 
are more acted upon than acting, 
passive rather than active. 
Gotanda's Japanese American 
characters are certainly more 
individualized and vivacious than 
Guterson's, and in the end they 
are forced into action. But in both 
novel and play, the dyad of victim/ 
perpetrator becomes a polarizing 
force in character portrayal. What 
the Scarecrow Said and The 
Chmate of the Country, to take 
only these two examples, show 
that more nuanced and 
complicated depictions of whites 
and Japanese Americans do greater 
justice to the complexities of 

Whatever the merits or demerits of 
recent fiction and drama on the 
internment, we seem to have 
turned a comer. Snow FaUing on 
Cedars and The Sisters 
Matsumoto mark the entry of the 
internment into the literary 
mainstream. Beyond all critical 
carping, we owe their authors a 
debt of gratitude for in effect 
having created a general public for 
the subject. We will look forward 
to refinements on the theme and 
to further probing of a past that we 
have all too frequently preferred to 
forget. ■ 

In 1944-45, Erica Harth hved at 
Manzanar, where her mother was 
working for the War Relocation 
Authority, and she attended first 
grade at the camp's school. 
Currently professor of humanities 
and women's studies at Brandeis, 
she is the author of several books 
and numerous articles on early 
modern France. A collection of 
original essays on the internment 
that she is editing, Last Witnesses, 
will be published by St. Martin's 
Press in 2002. 

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Charles Gibbs 
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by Cliff Hauptman '69, M.F.A. 73 



Laden with cheeses, fruit, and wine, 
the linen-draped table in the center of 
the narrow gallery declares this to be 
one of the monthly Thursday evenings 
on which an opening is taking place. 
As light spills from the gallery's large 
front windows out into the gray dusk 
of Main Street in upscale Andover, 
Massachusetts, strolling passersby, 
stopping to gaze through the glass at 
the milling guests and exceptional art, 
are waved in by a friendly man who is 
groomed as impeccably, from the 
neck up, as the most starched of 
Newbury Street's proprietors. Below 
the neck, the pretense of standing on 
any ceremony is thoroughly 
dismissed. Clad sockless in tennis 
shirt and shorts, Peter Alpers '71 , the 
owner of this fine arts establishment, 
keeps things low-key, laid-back, and 
tangibly welcoming. 

Alpers's appearance, this unlikely 
combination of polish and informality, 
is wondrously reflected in the gallery 
itself. Representing Alpers's personal 
taste, an eclectic presentation of 
contemporary art — oils, acrylics, 
watercolors, etchings, sculptures, 
collages, original prints both digital 
and traditional, and mixed-media 
compositions — graces the small salon 
in unanimous excellence. The visitor 
is instantly captivated by the beauty 
and distinction of the collection, but 
also by its earnestness. Here is art at 
its compelling best, free of 
intimidation. Part of the latter, of 
course, is Alpers in his shorts. But 
there is also his immediately 
apparent, sincere warmth, perfect 
balance of attention and breathing 
space, and his infectious enthusiasm 
for the works. Then there is the nature 
of the physical gallery. It is intimate 
without giving claustrophobes second 
thoughts, yet its limited size puts wall- 
space at a premium, thus giving it a 
neat but almost cluttered feeling — just 
like home. More subtly, Alpers makes 
use of home-made labels to identify 
the works and their artists and prices, 
resulting in an entirely satisfactory 
professional but do-it-yourself 

And, of course, there is the art: 
beautiful, varied, thought-provoking, 
and desirable. Alpers represents 
about 40 artists at present, half of 
whom are from within 150 miles of 
Boston, the rest from places as far- 
flung as Paris. The opening on this 
particular evening is for two local 
artists — one a sculptor and the other a 
painter. Charles Gibbs's sculptures, 
which are currently swimming high 

across two walls of the gallery and 
standing individually on pedestals 
here and there, eyeing the crowd, are 
made, for the most part, from junk. 
Gibbs is a master of scrap. His "trash 
fish" are made largely from scavenged 
roadside mufflers, his menagerie of 
enchanting beasts and birds from pipe 
fittings, lamp housings, garden tools, 
and motor parts. Yet, they are the 
very opposite of cute novelties; these 
are beautiful, ingenious works of art 
with such astoundingly distinct 
personalities that they demand one's 
admiration and respect. So do his 
sumptuously patinaed works in copper 
that flaunt his meticulous 

Virginia Peck, too, is an artist whose 
work engages the viewer at a strongly 
visceral level. Her paintings are vividly 
colorful and luminous with an 
underlying texture that is sometimes 
dominant and sometimes subordinate 
to the painted image. Faces 
predominate; many smaller pieces 
have the noses in relief. There is a 
haunting, surreal quality to many of 
them. They are startlingly beautiful 
and do not easily release your 

Alpers makes sure everyone who 
enters the gallery during this three- 
hour event meets not only the artists, 
but everyone else, as well. He is the 
consummate host, looking out for the 
well-being of his guests. He is also the 
attentive businessman, with an eye to 
turning these friends into clients. Yet, 
there is something else, for amid the 
evening's busyness and the business, 

Big John Dory 

Charles Gibbs 
Verdign's copper 
38 X 41 inches 

33 Brandeis Review 


Ivan Chermayeff 
Original Iris print 
Edition of six 

the schmoozing and the selling, one 
catches the occasional secret glimpse 
of Alpers alone and clearly contented, 
stealing an occasional private moment 
to take visible pride in this enterprise 
he has newly undertaken. 

An English major at Brandeis, Alpers 
recalls with delight the lasting impact 
of Alan Levitan's course on 
Shakespeare. "Just yesterday... 
yesterday... \n conversation with 
someone," he says, "I used a term I 
learned in that class and had never 
heard elsewhere: stichomythia. It's a 
dramaturgical technique. Originally, in 
classical times, it was when 
characters alternately spoke single 
lines of dialog. Shakespeare 
elaborated that to the point of having 
two or more characters reciprocally 
utter one or two syllables or one or 
two feet of a line. And I just used that 
term yesterday to describe the 
bantering style of a couple of friends 
of mine. And it really brought back to 
me, vividly, how much I got out of that 
course. To this day I can't read a 
novel or a play without remembering 
some of the gems I picked up in that 

Alpers's initial career move after 
Brandeis was as an academic advisor 
and, subsequently, director of 
orientation at a major Boston-area 
university, the latter a job Alpers 
describes as "so hateful that it gave 
me early and valuable insights to 
some o